An EgyptAir official ridiculed British Airways for cutting flights to Cairo “without a logical reason” as questions continue to swirl around the mysterious and unilateral cancellation.
British Airways suspended flights to Cairo for at least one week, citing security concerns.
But EgyptAir’s Vice President, Sherif Ezzat Badrous, ridiculed the move during a Boeing 787 delivery ceremony in Cairo yesterday:
What happened three days ago was unexpected completely, and without a logical reason.
Until now, at this moment, we don’t have any logical reason for the actions taken by British Airways. You can ask them about the true reasons.
A statement by the Egyptian Aviation Ministry expressed “displeasure at British Airways’ taking a decision unilaterally concerning the security of Egyptian airports without referring to the competent Egyptian authorities.” That’s a serious charge.
BA simply refuses to discuss the matter further beyond superfluous statements that service is suspended “as a precaution to allow for further assessment”. Lufthansa temporarily followed British Airways’ lead, but after discussion with German and Egyptian security officials, resumed flights after one day. Air France never suspended flights and came to a similar conclusion after consulting with French and Egyptian officials. In fact, no other airlines cancelled flights.
I think British Airways or the new British government has an obligation to warn citizens if BA was acting upon credible evidence. Absent further elaboration, BA’s motives will continue to be (rightfully) questioned.
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