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Condor talking to islands about financial support

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CONDOR is in talks with the governments of Guernsey and Jersey about a financial support package.

Condor Rapide was the first fast ferry to arrive in Guernsey since lockdown, but only 83 passengers were on board. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 28435661)

Guernsey has already made £27m. in borrowing available to Aurigny, while Jersey has struck a deal to give Blue Islands a loan of up to £10m. as the operators struggle from the decimated travel market resulting from Covid-19 restrictions.

A States of Guernsey spokesman said that ‘discussions were ongoing’ when asked whether a loan deal was on the table.

Condor said it applied to both States for furlough support for crews on its high speed ships in April along with ‘a business support request and that process remains under way’.

Financial support for Condor has been raised in the House of Parliament when an MP questioned whether it would have access to the UK furlough scheme.

Condor announced in May that high speed crew members jobs were at risk and has since said that 50 jobs are to go in the UK.

It resumed limited fast ferry sailings from Poole to the Channel Islands for the first time since 23 March this week.

Just 83 passengers were on board the Condor Rapide when it docked in Guernsey on Sunday as part of the seven-day quarantine trial.

Nick Mann

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