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    Italian airliner Alitalia suspended the transportation of freight from the airport in Cairo, Egypt.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Italian airliner Alitalia has discontinued transporting freight from the airport in Cairo, Egypt, Alitalia Media announced in a release on Friday.

    "Alitalia today started additional security measures at Cairo airport," Alitalia Media said. "The airline has suspended the transportation of freight and mail in its aircraft holds and the non-acceptance of luggage travelling without its owner."

    The release advises Alitalia customers flying from Cairo to arrive at the airport at least two hours ahead of departure as Egyptian authorities have incorporated additional security measures.

    "The airline reiterates that it does not operate any scheduled or charter flights to the Sinai Peninsula and nor it does not fly over the Sinai desert, or any war zones," the release added.

    The move follows the crash of a Russian Metrojet airplane flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Sinai Peninsula on Saturday. The cause of the crash has not been determined yet, but US intelligence has said they suspect a bomb was planted onboard the aircraft.

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