Lowcostsport.com, the sports arm of the Low Cost Travel Group, has revealed it could charter further aircraft after strong demand for flights and accommodation packages to the UEFA Champions League final in Rome.
The group has already chartered 13 aircraft for the football match between Manchester United and Barcelona on May 27. It is offering one-day return flights from £450 out of Gatwick and Manchester, as well as two-night hotel packages from £649 and three nights from £699.
About half the sales are coming via the trade, with commission payments of 10% for agents.
Sales director Tim Buckman said: “Bookings are flying out the door. It was a gamble but we knew at least one English club would get through and now we are looking to get our hands on more aircraft to get more capacity.”
Tickets for the game are being allocated this week, when bookings are expected to increase substantially.
Buckman admitted prices could go up if the group cannot secure extra capacity. “We don’t want to rip anyone off and we want to get more aircraft, but failing that prices could go up,” he said.
Buckman hopes publicity for the game will help establish the group’s sports division, which aims to offer a set number of sports tours a year in addition to large-scale one-off sports events. “I think this could put us on the map, but we have yet to establish a set programme. At the moment it revolves around football,” he said.
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