Johannesburg – British Airways (BA) has issued a statement confirming its sudden suspension of flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo over the weekend stating it is a precaution to allow for further assessment of the security situation in Egypt.
"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," British Airways said in a Saturday statement.
Lufthansa Airways followed suite saying it had cancelled all flights to Cairo from Munich and Frankfurt on Saturday but later added it would resume them on Sunday.
Neither air lines, however, would add further comment when pressed for details of their concerns with a BA spokeswoman saying that matters of security were never discussed.
However, Haaretz reported on Sunday that according to three Egyptian airport security sources three British staff members had been checking security at Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday, without giving further details.