Luxair cancels flights to Egypt
(ADW) Luxair has now followed suit of other European airlines and late Friday afternoon announced that it was cancelling flights to Egypt. There will be no flights to the country until September 15 unless the current situation in Egypt returns to calm.
As of Friday, Luxembourg had 374 tourists in Egyptian seaside resorts around the Red Sea. 185 of them returned to Luxembourg at about 7pm on Friday.
The airline also sent a special cargo plane from Luxembourg in order to pick up tourists that wished to shorten their holidays in Egypt.
Other holidaymakers will return to the Grand Duchy on their originally planned dates. Despite the fact that no new tourists will be travelling to Egypt, Luxair still has to continue some scheduled flights until all its customers are back on Luxembourgish soil.
Those who booked holidays to Egypt between now and September, will be refunded. They also have the option of choosing a similar holiday to another destination.
Luxair's change of decision
The decision by Luxair to cancel flights to Egypt was a complete turnaround from a statement made by the company’s General Director Adrien Ney earlier on Friday who, in an interview with DNR Radio said “In regards to the situation developments, we see no reason not to let allow planes in the air”.
However a communiqué from the Luxembourg government issued soon after Ney’s statement, advised citizens against any travel to Egypt. This is likely to be one of the main reasons for Luxair’s sudden decision to change its mind and cancel flights.