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Korean Air suspends flights to Cairo amid Egypt protests

All Headlines 16:32 January 30, 2011

SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air is suspending flights to Egypt as anti-government protests continue to rage in the North African nation, Seoul's foreign ministry said Sunday.

"Korean Air stopped taking passengers bound for Cairo starting with the flight that was due to arrive there on Saturday," said a ministry official. "The airline appears to have taken such steps voluntarily after the government asked for the company's cooperation."

Korean Air operates regular services to the Egyptian capital three times a week via Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Passengers in Tashkent are currently allowed to board the flights.

The ministry has also suspended classes at a Korean school in Egypt attended by some 40 elementary school students.

"So far, there have been no reports of damage among South Koreans living in Egypt despite the deepening chaos there," the official said.

The South Korean embassy in Cairo is currently putting together an emergency plan to evacuate Korean nationals in the event of a serious crisis.

More than 100 people across the North African nation are feared dead and thousands have been injured in ongoing anti-government demonstrations in which people are demanding President Hosni Mubarak to step down.


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