Explosion Outside Cairo Airport; Flights Unaffected

(Photo by Lukas Bischoff/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images) Photo by Lukas Bischoff/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

An explosion hit a chemical factory just outside Cairo International Airport Thursday evening, but flights have remained unaffected. 

In a statement shared on Egyptair’s Facebook page, a spokesperson for Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said that air traffic was not affected by the explosion and is proceeding normally. 

Reuters reports that 12 people were injured the explosion, which, according to an army spokesperson, was caused by high temperatures in a storage facility just outside the airport belonging to a local petrochemical company. Those injured were taken to a nearby hospital. 

DAILY NEWS & DEALS NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to Daily News & Deals!

Featuring breaking news on the latest product launches, deals, sales promotions, and executive appointments. Be sure to sign-up for this free industry daily newsletter.

“Due to high temperatures, an explosion happened at a petrochemicals storage belonging to the Heliopolis for Chemical Industries,” said military spokesperson Colonel Tamer al-Rifai in a post on social media.“Civil defense trucks were deployed to bring the fire under control,” he added.

No flight change waivers have been issued over the incident. 

Related Stories

Kenya Airways’ Nonstop NYC – Nairobi Flight to Drive Africa Travel

U.S. Secures Over 1.6 M Seats to Jamaica for May to December

ARC, Alipay Ink Deal to Help Travel Agents Sell to Chinese Travelers

Rise in Airlift Fuels Cancun Travel
 

Suggested Articles:

Turks and Caicos plans to begin welcoming visitors starting July 22, with new protocols associated with reopening to be shared in the coming weeks.

Limited Lodging, campgrounds, food service, gift shops, tours and activities began opening on June 1 for the summer 2020 season. Read more here.

Throughout the month of June, an online interactive program of events will be available for travel advisors. Here's what you need to know.