Concorde started its Farewell Tour in Birmingham Airport on October 20, 2003. The tour lasted for 5 days and it traveled 5 key cities in the UK for people to see it for the last time. Concorde was retired in 2003 following the quick drop in passenger rates and high cost of maintenance. Add to that the number of serious incidents it has gone through over the years. Nevertheless, Birmingham Airport was a witness to its historic farewell.