British Airways & Lufthansa Cairo Operations Suspended

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British Airways on Saturday started to inform passengers that were due to fly on the airline to/from Cairo that the services had been suspended for seven days.

British Airways

Lufthansa followed later on Saturday but their flights had been only suspended for a day and should return on Sunday. Other airlines, including Egypt Air continued their operations as usual.

Here’s an excerpt from the BBC (access their piece here):

Passengers about to board a BA flight to the city from London’s Heathrow Airport were told that it was cancelled – and that there would be no alternative flights for a week.

The airline did not specify what the security issue was.

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.

“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we would never operate an aircraft unless it was safe to do so.”

Conclusion

British Airways is responsible for rebooking affected passengers on other airlines and for providing Duty to Care (accommodation, food and phone cards) per EC 261/2004 legislation. Egypt Air is operating direct flights between Cairo and London. There are numerous one stop options that BA can move passengers due to its flight cancellations.

Not sure why British Airways decided to cancel all its flights for a week while Lufthansa decided that the situation only warranted one day suspension?

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