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EgyptAir Executive: British Airways Suspension of Cairo Flights is Illogical

EgyptAir Executive: British Airways Suspension of Cairo Flights is Illogical

Wednesday, 24 July, 2019 - 04:45
Exterior of Terminal 1 is seen at Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt, July 21, 2019. (Reuters)
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Vice chairman of EgyptAir Holding Co, Sherif Ezzat Badrous described Tuesday British Airways’ decision to suspend flights to Cairo for several days was “without a logical reason.”

He told reporters at a ceremony marking the delivery of the carrier’s newest Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner that Cairo airport is safe and EgyptAir continues to operate in a “very safe environment.”

“What happened three days ago was unexpected completely, and without a logical reason,” Sherif Ezzat Badrous said. “Until now, at this moment, we don’t have any logical reason” for the actions taken by British Airways.

“You can ask them about the true reasons,” he added.

British Airways, part of International Airlines Group, suspended flights to Cairo on Saturday for seven days “as a security precaution” as it reviews security at the Cairo airport.

Later on Saturday, Germany’s Lufthansa said it had canceled services from Munich and Frankfurt to Cairo, but it resumed flights on Sunday.

On Sunday, Egypt’s aviation minister, Younis Al-Masry, “expressed his displeasure at British Airways’ taking a decision unilaterally concerning the security of Egyptian airports without referring to the competent Egyptian authorities,” the Aviation Ministry said in a statement.

Other airlines were continuing to operate flights to Cairo.

Air France had decided to maintain its service to Cairo after liaising with French and Egyptian authorities, an airline spokesman said in a statement sent to Reuters. Emirates flights were operating to schedule, a spokeswoman said.

The website for Abu Dhabi’s Etihad showed its services were also operating, and a spokesman said the airline was monitoring the security situation in Cairo.

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