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Due to security concerns British Airways has stopped all flights to Cairo for one week. Lufthansa flights to Cairo also remained on the ground on Saturday.

The airline British Airways has suspended all flights to Cairo for at least seven days due to security concerns. The only reason given by the airline in London on Saturday evening was that the safety of passengers and crew members had top priority.

Lufthansa also suspended all flights to Cairo on Saturday. “As safety is always Lufthansa’s top priority, the airline cancelled its flights to Cairo on July 20, 2019 as a precautionary measure,” according to a statement distributed in the evening. Shortly thereafter, the airline added a sentence to the notification with the planned resumption of the flights: “Tomorrow (Sunday), regular flight operations will resume and all flights will be operated as scheduled.

The flights to Cairo were cancelled on Saturday “due to an unclear security situation in Cairo”, said a Lufthansa spokesman on Sunday.

According to British Airways, it will initially forego flights to the Egyptian capital for seven days. However, a British Airways spokeswoman did not want to give the reasons for the measure.

In its travel warnings for Egypt, the British Foreign Ministry also points out an increased risk of terrorism in air traffic. The Federal Foreign Office only has a partial travel warning for Egypt on its website, which warns against travel to the north of the Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian-Israeli border region (with the exception of Taba) and remote areas of the Sahara. (dpa, AFP)

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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