British Airways has suspended all flights to Cairo, the Egyptian capital, for seven days.
In an announcement made on Saturday, the airline cited security concerns as the reason for stopping all flights to the city.
The airline said in a statement: “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.”
But according to the airline’s website, the next available flight to Cairo is in 10 days time, Tuesday, July 30.
Reuters however reports that three Egyptian airport security sources said British staff had been checking security at Cairo airport on Wednesday and Thursday.
Some passengers were furious on Saturday as they only got to know about the suspension after arriving at London Heathrow airport for their flight.
One angry passenger tweeted: “Currently about to board a @British_Airways flight to Cairo and it’s cancelled. Not for a day. Not for two days but for seven. Security risk. Someone knows something we don’t.”
Meanwhile, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office FCO) has updated its advice for Britons travelling to Egypt.
“There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK,” part of the advise reads.