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Egypt FM criticises major airlines' decision to avoid Sinai flight path

Two of Europe's largest airlines, German carrier Lufthansa and Air France-KLM, have decided to avoid flying over the Sinai Peninsula while they wait for clarity on what caused the plane crash

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Nov 2015
FM Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry criticised on Monday German carrier Lufthansa and Air France-KLM’s decisions to avoid flying over the Sinai Peninsula while they wait for clarity on what caused a Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew to crash in the area on Saturday.

Shoukry said in an interview to Algerian TV that the decision by the two European airline companies, as well as others, is “irresponsible” and leads to assumptions that there were “other” reasons, besides technical faults, behind the plane crash.

Lufthansa has less than 10 flights a day crossing over the area.

Spokespersons from both airlines said on Sunday that the decision is a precautionary measure until it is clear what caused the crash.

Director of flights at Kogalymavia charter airline, the company that owns the plane, told a press conference in Moscow that the “only explanation for the crash is some kind of external action.”

However, Russian officials insist that it is too early to speculate on the cause of the crash.


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Al, Masri
03-11-2015 02:29am
Why criticize the world airlines for standard safety procedures before we find out the cause of the crash? The same happened when the Malaysian airliner was downed. God forbids the investigations lead to a terrorist act; we’d look rather silly. When our Tourism is suffering for many reasons the last thing we need is to shoot from the hip at the very same airliners we would need to bring tourists in! مش كده ولا إيه
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Sam Enslow
02-11-2015 04:27pm
Protect passengers
It is the job of airlines to protect their passengers - not Egypt's tourism industry. Since the minister spoke, technical and human errors have been ruled out as the cause of this disaster. External factors are being blamed with no conclusions drawn as to what these factors were. It would be irresponsible for airlines to follow Sinai flight paths until factsare established. Not every act is 'against Egypt.' It would have been better had Egypt suggested different flight paths to its resorts. That would have shown Egypt cares about the safety of visitors to Egypt and enhanced its reputation for caring for its guests.
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Sam Enslow
03-11-2015 07:38am
Emirates also changed their routes to avoid the area. This is not mentioned. They are against Egypt too?
02-11-2015 09:25pm
North Sinai is not safe
Even when the plane must emargency landinig is not safe in war area of north sinai
02-11-2015 09:03pm
Double Standards are a common western habit
The FM is correct. In lieu to his statement plane crashes are common anywhere in the world and we do not hear any major airlines redirecting it's route due to a previous crash from another airline. This crash as well as 2-3 major airlines rerouting their flight paths is without a doubt and clear as crystal that they are targeting Egypt's tourism/economy sector and not protecting passengers as they falsely claim.

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