An executive of state-owned EgyptAir stated on Tuesday that British Airways’ decision to discontinue flights to Cairo, the Egyptian capital, for several days was “without a logical reason.”
The vice-chairman of EgyptAir Holding Co, Sherif Ezzat Badrous, informed reporters at a ceremony marking the delivery of the carrier’s latest Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner that Cairo airport is guarded and EgyptAir continues to operate in a “very safe environment.”
British Airways, suspended flights to Cairo on Saturday for seven days “as a security precaution” because it reviews safety on the Cairo airport.
Later on Saturday, Germany’s Lufthansa stated it had canceled services from Munich and Frankfurt to Cairo, but it resumed flights on Sunday.
“What happened three days ago was sudden completely, and with no logical motive,” Sherif Ezzat Badrous stated. “Until now, at this moment, we don’t have any logical motive” for the actions taken by British Airways.
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 stated in a statement.
Other airlines had been continuing to operate flights to Cairo.
Air France had determined to maintain its service to Cairo after liaising with French and Egyptian authorities, an airline spokesman mentioned in a statement. Emirates flights have been operating to schedule, a spokeswoman said.
The website for Abu Dhabi’s Etihad confirmed its companies were also operating, and a spokesman mentioned the airline was monitoring the security situation in Cairo.