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Airlines cancel flights to Egypt

Army tanks line up in Tahrir Square on January 28, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt
Army tanks line up in Tahrir Square on January 28, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt
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Delta Airlines and Egypt Air have suspended service to Egypt due to violent demonstrations that have taken place in the country since Tuesday. There is no word on when flights will resume.

Protesters have largely ignored enforced curfews and stormed the streets in clashes with police and military troops. Today President Mubarak's national democratic headquarters was set on fire, and tensions have spread to the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Suez.

The demonstrators have demanded the resignation of President Mubarak, along with the right to a free election. Several issues are at the heart of the unrest, including unemployment, recent tampered elections, and too much police interference under emergency law.

The U.S. State Department has advised Americans to postpone nonessential travel to Egypt. Citizens who are in the country at this time are urged to remain in their hotels while the demonstrations continue.

Throughout the week the Egyptian government has shut down social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, mobile phone networks, and yesterday internet services were unavailable.

All U.S. citizens who already have plans to travel to Egypt should consult the U.S. State Department website for the latest information and travel warnings before they leave the country.

Delta flights arrive and leave from Terminal 3 at JFK Airport. Contact their international customer service department at (800) 241-4141. Delta Messenger will send updates to your email or mobile phone. Sign up Here.

Egypt Air flights arrive and depart from Terminal 4 at JFK Airport. Their website currently does not respond, but the telephone number is 800-334-6787. We suggest customers track updates with their airport until internet service is reinstated.

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  • Profile picture of Beverly Mucha
    Beverly Mucha 3 years ago

    Great reporting. Hope and pray that all the Americans that are currently there will be safe and unharmed. It is terrible that they won't be able to get word out with all the services shut down. This is upsetting for them and their families. Wishing and praying for the best.

    Winona Cooking Examiner

  • Profile picture of Lynn Farris
    Lynn Farris 3 years ago

    Such a shame, hopefully this will be resolved quickly. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  • Profile picture of Debi Willis
    Debi Willis 3 years ago

    What a mess, but this seems like an intelligent step to take.

  • Profile picture of Joel Siegfried
    Joel Siegfried 3 years ago

    Excellent report, Nance, on an event of global importance. Freedom is like a raging river. It will find a way to flow. Thanks for a great article.

    Cheers,
    Joel

    Joel Siegfried
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