British Airways, Lufthansa suspend Cairo flights over security concerns

British Airways is using the Airbus A321neo on its route to Cairo. Photo: © Anna Zvereva

British Airways and Lufthansa have temporarily suspended flights to Cairo, the two carriers confirmed on Saturday evening, citing security concerns.

The British flag-carrier has cancelled all flights to the Egyptian capital for seven days. It stated that this is a precautionary measure.

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.Souljit Bal, British Airways Customer Experience Manager

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has updated its advice to British citizens travelling to Egypt and warns of “a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation”.

Lufthansa followed a few hours later and confirmed that it has cancelled flights to Cairo as well.

British Airways’ schedule lists one daily flight from London’s Heathrow Airport to Cairo International Airport, which is operated by Airbus A321neo aircraft. Egypt’s flag-carrier EgyptAir is serving the same route twice a day, using widebody airplanes.

Lufthansa offers several connections to Cairo. Two daily flights from Frankfurt Airport and a four-times weekly flight from its other hub at Munich Airport. One service from Frankfurt is operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, the other ones by the smaller Airbus A321. The German flag-carrier is also an alliance partner of EgyptAir, which offers one daily flight to each of the two Lufthansa hubs.