Lufthansa, British Airways suddenly suspend flights to Cairo as 'precaution'
Both Lufthansa and British Airways have taken a recent warning by the British government very seriously and have suspended flights to Cairo, Egypt.
British Airways flights were suspended for seven days, while Lufthansa flights will resume today.
UK Foreign Office warned citizens travelling to Egypt of a "heightened risk of terrorism against aviation."
"There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation," The United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said in a statement.
"Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK. You should co-operate fully with security officials at airports."
A statement from British Airways said: “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. 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.”
This is a massive blow to the country's recovering tourism industry.
Chairman of the German - Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce Emad Ghaly recently said that Germans represent one third of tourists to Egypt, and that the tourism organisations in both countries are working to boost the number of German tourists to 2 million.