8 p.m. FRIDAY UPDATE: Band Flight from Cairo Canceled; College Officials Working to Secure Other Flights

Augustana College officials are working closely with Egyptian tourism contractors to arrange alternative travel for members of the Augustana Band tour, following Delta Airlines’ announcement that Saturday’s flight No. 85 from Cairo to New York, which 29 of the 90 travelers were to board, has been canceled.

Seventy-one members of the Augustana Band, along with 19 faculty, staff and friends, have been in Egypt since early January on a five-concert tour of the country.

Earlier today, due to intensifying anti-government protests in Cairo, Augustana officials moved students to a different hotel, far away from known areas of protest, and also canceled a Band concert that was scheduled for Friday evening.

The College is exploring two alternative possibilities for Augustana travelers whose flight was canceled:

  • Booking Band tour members on a different flight that will depart Cairo on Tuesday, Feb. 1, pending ground conditions.
  • Booking Band tour members on an earlier flight to London, also pending ground conditions.

The remaining members of the Band tour are booked on Delta Flight No. 9428. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Delta officials confirmed that Flight No. 9428 is still scheduled to depart Cairo on time on Saturday, pending conditions.

“Despite the cell phone and Internet challenges, we’ve been in regular communication with our tour coordinators throughout the day today via land line telephone. They report that all students are safe and secure. They also report that the area around the hotel, which is near Cairo International Airport, is calm and quiet,” said Rob Oliver, president of Augustana. “We are doing all we can to ensure that students remain out of harm’s way and that they return home safely and as soon as possible.”

Augustana will provide more updates on its website (www.augie.edu) as they become available.


Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations