LUXURY operators are expecting a rash of bookings on
Concorde following British Airways’ decision to retire the aircraft at the end
of the summer.

BA will cease flights on Concorde at the end of
October due to spiralling maintenance costs and dwindling sales.

But Sunset Farway Holidays managing director Harvin
Kaumaya said he took two Concorde holiday bookings just hours after the news
was announced.

Colin Mitchell, joint managing director of Goodwood
Travel, which specialises in offering luxury tours with Concorde, said bookings
“have gone through the roof”.

“Our phones haven’t stopped ringing since the
announcement was made. Demand is phenomenal,” he said.

The company is chartering additional Air France
Concordes to cope with the rise in demand for services and taking extra seats
on BA flights.