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Lufthansa resumes Cairo flights, British Airways stays away

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Filed on July 22, 2019
Lufthansa,  British Airways, Egypt, Cairo, aviation, safety concerns, terrorist attacks, Daesh, US

The airline had canceled its flights to the Egyptian capital over safety concerns.

Lufthansa resumed flying to Cairo Sunday following a one-day suspension due to safety concerns. The German airline's website shows LH582 took off from Frankfurt after a two-hour delay and arrived in Egypt's capital on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, British Airways continued with its seven-day suspension of flights to Cairo, and Egyptian Lt. General Younes Elmasry, Egypt's minister of civil aviation, said he's frustrated that the airline suspended flights without consulting Egyptian authorities.

Elmasry met on Sunday with Sir Geoffrey Adams, British ambassador to Egypt, and both said they would work together to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

Adams apologised for not informing Egyptian authorities before British Airways announced it was suspending flights to and from Egypt for a week.

The US warned citizens on Friday about traveling to Egypt, saying terrorist groups including Daesh committed multiple deadly attacks. British authorities also warned against traveling to parts of Egypt due to terrorist attacks.

British Airways attributed its cancellations to what it called its constant review of security arrangements at all airports, calling them "a precaution to allow for further assessment."


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