20 July, 2019

Security concerns cause the cancellation of British Airways Cairo service.

The UK's leading airline, British Airways has cancelled all flights to the capital of Egypt, Cairo for at least a week because of security concerns.

"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." A British Airways spokesperson said, adding  "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."

Passengers only found out the flight had been cancelled as they tried to check in on Saturday morning and were handed a letter advising them it was no longer going and no alternative flights for a week.

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and all but essential travel to the Governorate of South Sinai, except the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq.  However, the FCO also says don't travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh airport. The area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions are also off-limits to British tourists because of safety concerns.

There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK according to the FCO. 

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