22 JUL 2019: British Airways announced on Saturday it was cancelling flights to Cairo for a week "as a precaution to allow for further assessment." Egypt's minister of civil aviation responded with frustration that the British airline had not first consulted with his country’s authorities. Lufthansa suspended flights to Cairo on the same day, but resumed them the day after.

A BA company spokesperson would not say what motivated the suspensions. They come as Britain weighs its response to Iran's seizure Friday of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and rising tensions stemming from US sanctions' effect on Iran's economy and oil exports.

The strait and the Egyptian capital are separated by 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles).

Egypt's minister of civil aviation General Younes Elmasry said he was frustrated that British Airways suspended flights to Cairo without consulting Egyptian authorities.

He and the British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said Sunday they would work together to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

Adams apologized for not informing Egyptian authorities before the airline made the announcement.

British authorities have warned against travelling to parts of Egypt due to terrorist attacks.

Lufthansa resumed flying to Cairo following a one-day suspension due to safety concerns, but not “security” as its concern.

Lufthansa spokesperson Tal Muscal said the company has two flights a day to Cairo, one each from Frankfurt and Munich.

The US has warned citizens Friday about travelling to Egypt, saying terrorist groups including ISIS committed multiple deadly attacks.


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