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Fast ferry sailings suspended until end of April

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CONDOR has suspended its passenger services until at least the end of April, the company has confirmed.

Condor Liberation manoeuvring in St Peter Port Harbour. (27726331)

The original suspension only ran until 2 April. But since that decision was made more cases of coronavirus have been identified and the Bailiwick has gone into lockdown.

The change means that all high speed sailings between the islands, Poole and St Malo are cancelled up to 30 April.

Condor's CEO Paul Luxon said they had to make this decision based on the current situation.

‘As a consequence of this unprecedented global crisis, we are suspending all passenger sailings for the whole of April,' he said.

'We have to react to the changing circumstances and government-imposed constraints on travel, which has sadly but inevitably led us to this course of action.’

‘The cancellations include the Easter holidays, so we regret the inconvenience this will cause.’

He was hopeful the services would resume as soon as it was safe to do so.

'We remain absolutely committed to restarting services as soon as we can and connecting up our destinations,' he said.

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'These are, of course, exceptional times and every day brings new information so our plans could change.’

The Commodore Clipper and the Commodore Goodwill have been operating freight-only services in recent weeks and have been sailing without problems.

‘I am pleased to report that our lifeline freight operation is working well and proof that our decision to switch to a sterile working environment to protect the supply chain was the right one,’ Mr Luxon said.

Condor is contacting customers who have bookings during this period.

‘Our contact teams will be extremely busy during this period and we ask for patience due to the unprecedented changes to the schedule.’

The suspension decision will be reviewed next month.

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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