BA delays London to Cairo flight amid unrest

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British Airways said it was delaying its Friday evening flight from London to Cairo until Saturday morning to avoid landing during the night curfew as anti-government protests rock the Egyptial capital.

The airline urged customers booked to fly to or from the Egyptian capital over the weekend to check the BA website for the latest information.

The flight was due to leave London Heathrow Airport at 1700 GMT Friday but has been put back to 0700 GMT Saturday.

"We are keeping the situation in Cairo under constant review," a BA spokeswoman said.

"As a precaution we kept our scheduled Friday evening service at Heathrow.

"As a result of the night curfew in Cairo we are changing our flying schedules so that we avoid the hours of darkness.

"We urge customers due to fly to or from Cairo in the next 72 hours to look at our website for the latest information.

"The airport is open for flights and we would not operate a service unless we were confident that it was safe to do so."

Flights to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular destination for British holidaymakers, would continue as normal, it said.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called out the army and declared a curfew in three provinces on Friday, as tens of thousands of protesters rampaged through the streets of major cities demanding his ousting from power.

© 2011 AFP

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