British Airways will suspend all flights to Cairo for seven days. The announcement, which was made on Saturday July 20th, was made as a precautionary measure following a security review, according to AFP.
The flag carrier stated that it would not operate its aircraft unless it felt it was safe to do so. Moreover, in a statement provided by the airline, it referred the decision to periodical security measures where the company reviews all associated airports around the world.
According to Akhbar Alyoum.com, the chairman of Cairo Airport Ahmed Fawzy said the decision was made by the airline company alone and that Egypt Air was still operating flights to and from Heathrow Airport as scheduled. He did not indicate if there had been any security breach on Cairo's part. Had there been any issue with security, the UK would have advised its citizens not to fly to Egypt through any other airline companies, which the UK has not done.
Fawzy added that Cairo Airport has not been officially notified with the suspension decision and again confirmed that flights between the two airports have been going as planned without disruption from either side. British Airways has never before suspended flights, even during the times when Egypt was witnessing political unrest.
However, in its travel advice for British nationals heading to Egypt, the Foreign Office in London warns: "There's a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation". The advisory added that "Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK. You should co-operate fully with security officials at airports".