United postpones plans to launch Cairo service

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United-Continental has scrapped plans to launch service to Cairo, citing the significant drop in demand for travel to Egypt following the recent civil unrest.

Continental announced last July plans to begin operating from May 2011 Boeing 777-200ER flights from its Newark hub to Cairo. The new service was intended to be daily for the summer 2011 summer season followed by four to five flights per week during the remainder of the year.

A United-Continental spokesman confirms the carrier has decided to indefinitely postpone the launch of its Cairo service. "The significant decline in demand for travel to and from Egypt as a result of the recent events there means that it is no longer commercially viable to start the Cairo service as planned in May," the spokesman says.

He adds customers with bookings will be offered alternative routings on other carriers or can claim a full refund.

Currently EgyptAir is the only carrier operating flights between Egypt and the USA as Delta Air Lines late last month suspended its New York JFK-Cairo service. But Delta last week said it was aiming to reinstate its Cairo service in May.