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    Lufthansa Suspends Flights to Cairo Over Security Concerns - Reports

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    The Germany-based carrier has followed the UK British Airways in temporarily flight suspension to the Egyptian capital as a "precaution" for security reasons, according to the company's statement, cited by local media.

    Lufthansa has said in a statement that “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 [...] We do not have any additional information at this time", according to media reports.

    According to Reuters, the German carrier canceled flights from Frankfurt and Munich to Cairo but is expected to resume service to the Egyptian capital on Sunday. The similar statement was issued earlier by British Airways.

    "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", the statement said.

    A spokesperson for the UK-based company has said that the flights were suspended "for seven days as a precaution to allow for further assessment".

    Earlier, the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised passengers against air travel to and from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh but has not issued a similar warning on Cairo.

    "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", the FCO said.

    According to Reuters, citing three Egyptian airport security sources, the British staff had been checking security at Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday. They reportedly gave no further details.

    Russia suspended civilian air traffic to Egypt in November 2015 after a bomb brought down a Russian plane, which took off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg, killing all 224 people on board. Before regular flights between Moscow and Cairo were resumed in April 2018, Egypt had to seriously enhance security at airports. Charter flights between Russia and Egyptian resorts are yet reportedly to be resumed.

    The suspension reportedly resulted in massive losses in Egypt's tourism industry, since this was one of the most popular destinations for Russian tourists. It is estimated that Egyptian authorities have spent millions of dollars to ensure the airports’ security.

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