CONDOR is cancelling high speed sailings from the UK next month following the re-introduction of two week quarantine on arrivals into Guernsey and the reduced numbers of passengers travelling due to Covid-19.
The decision to suspend services between Poole, Jersey and Guernsey is a consequence the border restrictions are having on the demand for travel.
Paul Luxon, Condor’s CEO, said: “When the States of Guernsey reclassified the southern regions of the UK to Group A last week, we saw a significant increase in cancellations and a similar reduction in new bookings. The pandemic is also clearly impacting on passenger confidence generally as we enter the quieter Autumn and Winter periods.
“We have therefore reviewed our schedule, and sadly are left with no option but to cancel all Poole services in November as we are simply not able to run ships at a fraction of normal capacity.”
Passengers travelling between the UK and the Islands from Friday 06 November to Thursday 03 December are being switched to the Commodore Clipper service from Portsmouth.
The company has confirmed that a Poole to Guernsey and Jersey sailing is to run on Friday 04 December to ensure local students at UK universities and colleges are able to return to the Islands for Christmas and it will also maintain passenger services over the festive period.
Mr Luxon added: “We remain committed to bringing students home so they can be with their families at such an important time and also to supporting Islanders who are booked to travel away over Christmas and New Year.”