“Security risk. Someone knows something we don’t.”… laptop bomb!
British Airways cancels all flights to Cairo as Foreign Office warns of ‘increased risk of aviation terrorism’ in Egypt
- Jacob Dirnhuber
BRITISH Airways have axed all flights to Cairo for SEVEN days amid fears of an imminent terror attack.
Foreign Office officials warned on Friday of an “increased risk of aviation-related terror” – and advised against all non-essential air travel to Brit tourist hotspot Sharm el Sheikh.
A BA spokesman said: “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.
“We are rebooking customers who wish to travel this week on flights with alternative airlines.
“Customers who no longer wish to travel will be offered a refund.”
It is understood that British Airways alerted the Department of Transport of plans to axe flights in advance.
Shocked passengers at Heathrow were told their flights had been cancelled as they boarded jets bound for Egypt.
One tweeted: “Currently about to board a @British_Airways flight to Cairo and it’s cancelled. Not for a day.
“Not for two days but for seven. Security risk. Someone knows something we don’t.”
It comes just days after the Foreign Office updated travel guidance for Egypt – citing a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation.
The advice said: “There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK.
“You should co-operate fully with security officials at airports.”
German airline Lufthansa followed by cancelling flights to Cairo from Frankfurt and Munich.
A spokesman said: “As safety is the number one priority of Lufthansa, the airline has temporarily suspended its flights to Cairo today as a precaution, while further assessment is being made.”
In October 2015 a Russian plane was brought down over Egypt’s Sinai desert – with a bomb being confirmed as being responsible for the crash.
The attack, which ISIS claimed responsibility for, took 224 lives – killing all on board the passenger jet.
The Airbus A321 disappeared 23 minutes after leaving Sharm el-Sheikh airport on October 31, flying towards St Petersburg.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are aware that British Airways is notifying passengers that it has decided to suspend flights to Cairo temporarily.”