Resolution announced for Bay Area high school students stranded in Prague after airline collapse


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A group of Saratoga High School Orchestra students, teachers and parents stranded in Prague, Czech Republic, due to canceled flights, will return home on Monday, the office said Saturday. from Representative Anna Eshoo in a statement.

Together with the state, Fly My Group, World Project, Lufthansa management including the COO and alliance partners including United Airlines, the group of 114 will fly on a Lufthansa-chartered flight July 25, the office said.

This is a developing story. The previous article follows.

For a group of Saratoga High School students, their two-week orchestral tour through central Europe has come to a less than desirable end.

Since Thursday morning, the group has been stranded in the city of Prague after their return flights were canceled by German airline Lufthansa.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” said one of the band’s directors, Michael Boitz.

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The group was supposed to fly from Prague to Frankfurt and then eventually fly home to SFO – their school even decorated for their return.

But after the first leg of their trip was unexpectedly cancelled, the group have spent the last two days trying to find other ways to get back, but without success.

“A gentleman said, I can get you all home in September. Get you all on a flight in September,” Boitz said.

Saratoga High School officials reached out to everyone from local congressmen to Lufthansa staff around the world trying to get their people home.
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On Friday evening, a potential breakthrough came when the travel company that helped organize the trip spoke to Lufthansa representatives, who said they would ensure the students returned home as soon as possible.

The travel company says it is asking the airline to offer one of two options: either charter a flight to bring the 120 people back to the Bay Area, or fund new tickets to be purchased on other airlines.

It’s a possible welcome relief for students, many of whom say they’re missing out on plans they made weeks ago.

“We are missing, or will miss a scout trip theoretically in Minnesota border waters,” student Emily Bofelli said.

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