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EgyptAir to provide larger aircrafts for Cairo-London route after British Airways suspension

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Jul 2019
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An EgyptAir source said Saturday the national carrier will assign larger aircraft for flights operating the Cairo-London route to accommodate increased demand for tickets after British Airways (BA) announced on Saturday it suspended flights to Cairo for a week.

The source told Ahram Online that EgyptAir will continue to operate two flights to London daily.

Ahram Online also learned that a British inspection team had checked security at Cairo International Airport (CAI) last week and the results were "positive."

"The team praised security [measures] at the airport," the source added.

British Airways cited "security concerns" for its decision, but gave no details about what had prompted the move.

"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,” BA said in a statement.

The airline added that it would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so.

When asked by Reuters for more details about why flights to Cairo had been suspended and what security arrangements the airline was reviewing, a spokeswoman responded: "We never discuss matters of security."

In response to the decision by British Airways, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation ministry decided to increase seating capacity on EgyptAir flights heading to London, and also run additional flights from Cairo to London's Heathrow starting Sunday by using the newly-received Boeing 787 Dreamliner to tansport passengers between the two airports during the suspension period.

According to an informed source at the Egyptian civil aviation ministry, the British Embassy in Cairo said British Airways's decision was not issued from the UK's Department of Transport or the Foreign Office.

The source added that the ministry is in talks with the British embassy.

Meanwhile, Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, announced that its flights from Munich and Frankfurt to Cairo International Airport will resume on Sunday, as the German carrier canceled flights to Cairo for one day on Saturday "as a precaution”.

However, the airliner said flights are set to resume Sunday.

“As safety is the number one priority of Lufthansa, the airline has temporarily suspended its flights to Cairo today as a precaution, whil further assessment is being made," Lufthansa said.

A company spokesperson would not comment on details the airline received that led it to cancel Saturday's flights, CNN reported.

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