Luftfansa joins British Airways in cancelling all flights to Cairo on security grounds

Luftfansa joins British Airways in cancelling all flights to Cairo on security grounds
Lufthansa and British Airways have both suspended flights to Egypt amid a Foreign Office terrorism warning.
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20 July, 2019
Lufthansa has suspended all flights to Cairo from Munich and Frankfurt [NurPhoto/Getty]
Lufthansa has joined British Airways in suspending all flights to Cairo, the Daily Star reported.

Germay's largest airline cancelled its flights from Munich and Frankfurt to Egypt's capital, citing similar security concerns as British Airways.

BA said earlier Saturday it had suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precautionary measure following a security review.

The flag carrier said it would not operate its aircraft unless it felt it was safe to do so.

"We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world, and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to allow for further assessment," the airline said in a statement.

"The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so."

Some affected passengers posted pictures on social media appearing to show a letter handed out by BA with a similar message.

A spokeswoman for the airline said it could not immediately offer more information about the suspensions.

In its travel advice for British nationals heading to Egypt, the Foreign Office in London warns: "There's a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation.

"Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK. You should co-operate fully with security officials at airports."

Britain advises against all but essential travel by air to or from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Sinai peninsula.

"Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt. Although most attacks occur in North Sinai, there is a risk of terrorist attacks across the country," Britons are warned.

"Terrorists in Egypt likely maintain the intent and capability to target aviation.

"The greatest threat is on the Sinai peninsula where Daesh operate with greater freedom, but terrorists are active in mainland Egypt, including Cairo."

The Foreign Office warns that it "can't offer advice on the safety of individual airlines".

The travel warning comes as Britain weighs its response to Iran's seizure Friday of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and rising tensions stemming from US sanctions' effect on Iran's economy and oil exports.

An estimated 415,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2018.

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