Grounded, at least when the destination is Cairo. British Airways airliners are shown on May 3 at London’s Heathrow Airport. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

British Airways, Lufthansa Temporarily Suspend Flights to Cairo

British Airways has suspended flights to Cairo for a week over security concerns, announcing this on Saturday without providing further details. “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 airline said in a statement. Germany’s Lufthansa cancelled flights to Cairo on Saturday but said it would resume them on Sunday. The abrupt suspensions follow an incident in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday in which Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized a British oil tanker travelling through the maritime passage. Both Britain and Germany have been attempting to salvage the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran following last year’s withdrawal by the United States. In retaliation for a renewal of US sanctions, the Islamic Republic recently announced it had surpassed the uranium stockpile limit delineated by the deal.

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