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Egypt Expresses Dismay over British Airways Flight Suspension

Egypt Expresses Dismay over British Airways Flight Suspension

Sunday, 21 July, 2019 - 04:45
British Airways abruptly suspends flights to Cairo from Saturday over security concerns. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat

Egypt's aviation minister on Sunday expressed his dismay over British Airways' decision to suspend flights to the Egyptian capital.

International Airlines Group's British Airways suspended flights to Cairo on Saturday for seven days "as a security precaution" as it reviews security at the city's airport.

Later on Saturday, Germany's Lufthansa said it had cancelled services from Munich and Frankfurt to Cairo but it resumed flights on Sunday.

Younis Al-Masry "expressed his displeasure at British Airways taking a decision unilaterally concerning the security of Egyptian airports without referring to the competent Egyptian authorities," the aviation ministry said in a statement released after a meeting between the Egyptian aviation minister and British Ambassador Geoffrey Adams.

The statement went on to say that Adams had apologized for not informing Egyptian authorities before the decision was made and cited him as saying the flight suspension was not related to the security measures at Egyptian airports.

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