After taking customer bookings in their recent ‘Black Friday sale’ event, Condor has announced that they are reducing high speed sailings this month and the first quarter of 2021.
A Condor Ferries’ spokesperson commented: “The frequency of high speed passenger sailings is being pared back during the January-March winter period as a consequence of the continuing severe travel and quarantine restrictions. We are continuing to see extremely low demand following the movement of both France and the UK into national lockdowns and border controls which are affecting travel volumes to and from the Channel Islands.
“Following recent discussions with the Government of Jersey and States of Guernsey on the financial implications of maintaining unsustainable passenger sailings during the winter, Condor will not operate high speed services from St Malo and Poole until April 2021.
“However, Commodore Clipper will continue to provide daily passenger and vehicle capacity to Portsmouth and on Saturdays to St. Malo where forward booking demand on the southern route is extremely low.
“High speed services for the rest of December, linking the Islands with the UK and St. Malo, will be maintained on a slightly revised schedule to enable passengers to complete their Christmas travel at this important time of year. Booking demand has also understandably fallen significantly in this period. Any minor timetable changes will be communicated early this week.
“Condor remains absolutely committed to a fuller schedule resumption as soon as restrictions lift and travel normalcy returns; currently there is no certainty when any easing of controls will be possible. These are, of course, exceptional and unprecedented times so Condor will continue to liaise closely with the Channel Islands’ governments to ensure sea connectivity services are robust and viable during the pandemic.
“Freight services to and from the Islands remain unchanged”.