LONDON    -      British Airways has cancelled all flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo for a week as a security “precaution”.

Passengers about to board a BA flight to the city from London’s Heathrow Airport were told that it was cancelled - and that there would be no alternative flights for a week. The airline did not specify what the security issue was.A BA spokesman said: “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.”

The UK Foreign Office on Friday updated its advice for Britons travelling to Egypt.

The advice includes the warning: “There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures are in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK.”

BBC Afrique’s Pierre-Antoine Denis, in Cairo, reports that all other airlines that use the airport are operating normally.