Guernsey Press

Condor looking for ways to restart passenger services

AVENUES are being explored to restart travel services safely.

Elwyn Dop, executive director of operations at Condor.

Normal schedules did not restart from 30 May when non-essential travel was permitted.

Bar limited Southampton and Alderney services, Aurigny flights have been cancelled until 31 August.

Condor Ferries has maintained essential freight links only since March, but has not run any fast ferry passenger services.

Aurigny is awaiting further States advice on self-isolation.

Currently, anyone arriving in the island has to self-isolate for 14 days with penalties for those caught breaching the law.

Condor is working with the authorities to establish a date to start services.

‘We have always kept one eye on the future and prepared for sailing once restrictions are lifted. We have capacity for 800 people on-board but plan to carry smaller numbers initially,’ said executive director of operations Elwyn Dop

Face coverings will be mandatory for all passengers, along with various contactless and distanced services, in line with Public Health requirements.

Passengers will need to check-in earlier to ensure safe embarkation.

France lifted all movement restrictions across European internal borders on 15 June, and is considering slowly opening external borders from 1 July so long as cases remain low in these individual jurisdictions.

of nearly 160,000 total active cases there are roughly 55,000 active cases ongoing in france, from a population of approximately 66 million people.

roughly 74,000 positively tested cases have recovered, and almost 30,000 people have died.

Discussions are ongoing toward open travel between Jersey and France, according to the Jersey Evening Post.

Non-essential travel is not yet permitted in Jersey, but it is hoped this can resume soon now that the island has few known active cases.

Jersey’s chief minister, Senator John Le Fondre, said last week that he hoped Jersey would move to level one of its safe exit strategy at the start of July.

French government officials have indicated that France could open borders to the Channel Islands as early as next month if low levels of Covid-19 could be maintained.