British Airways Suspends Flights to Cairo, Citing Security Risks

LONDON — British Airways abruptly canceled all flights to Cairo on Saturday for what it described as security reasons, a day after the British government warned of a heightened risk of terrorist attacks against airplanes over Egypt. The airline told stunned passengers at their departure gate in London that they could not fly and could not reschedule their flights for a week. “We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world,” the airline said in a statement, “and have suspended flights to Cairo for seven days as a precaution to allow for further assessment.” British Airways did not describe the security issue. Reuters, citing Egyptian airport security officials, reported that British workers had examined security at Cairo’s main airport on Wednesday and Thursday. The British government released updated travel advice for Egypt on Friday, warning against nonessential trips to most of the Sinai Peninsula and the area west of the Nile Valley and saying that travelers to Cairo should be cautious, too. “There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation,” the government said.
The US State Dept. issued a travel warning for Egypt/Sinai last week, but most air carriers continue to service Cairo International Airport.