Preparations for our tour are on track and we are enjoying the high level of excitement amongst our students and families! Please make sure to check our Weekly Update as well as the band social media and website regularly for the most recent information and announcements.
We do need to share a significant adjustment to our scheduled itinerary. As you may be aware, the airline industry is experiencing an unprecedented rate of flight cancellations due to continued staffing issues. As international flights do not typically originate out of Kansas City, route changes are impacting flight availability from Kansas City International more frequently than other airports. We received word today from our tour company that due to these changes, they cannot find sufficient seat availability to accommodate our tour group on our original travel dates. However, by shifting our travel dates by 1 day they can easily find flights. Therefore, our London Tour will now leave from Kansas City on December 28 and return January 4.
We want to stress that this change is entirely the fault of the airlines, and our tour company has tried every option possible to keep our original itinerary. They had our flights booked, but the airlines took the seats away.
This change in no way impacts our planned activities – all sight-seeing, performances, and trip excursions scheduled will still take place. This change does mean students will miss the first full day of classes of the Spring Semester. This absence has already been cleared by Dr. Bonnema.
For those travelling on the Full Package, this just changes our tour dates, but no further action on your part would be required. For those travelling on the Land Only Package or family members traveling independently we wanted to make sure you have sufficient notice to adjust flights if possible. If you feel the date changes may impact your ability to continue participation in the tour, please contact Mr. Love right away.
We appreciate that logistical challenges like these can be frustrating, but our tour company has been exceptionally responsive in handling this situation. As always if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Mandy Stone, our tour liaison or Mr. Love via our trip email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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