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Condor aims for May resumption of high-speed ferries

Condor aims for May resumption of high-speed ferries

Thursday 04 March 2021

Condor aims for May resumption of high-speed ferries


Condor's fast ferry services could resume in time for summer - but only if the Channel Island Governments unlock their borders to commercial travel.

Condor plans to have high-speed passenger services back on the waves in mid-May, in line with the UK’s recent announcement of an easing in travel restrictions.

However, that all depends on travel and quarantine controls in the UK, France and Channel Islands being relaxed, and there is no agreement in place for that yet. 

The ferry company cancelled Liberation and Rapide sailings last December for the first quarter of this year. Last month, Condor’s CEO Paul Luxon said that despite the travel issues brought on by the pandemic, there were signs of encouragement, after a spike in interest from UK tourists buoyed by their own travel news. 

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Pictured: Condor is hoping to revive its regular services in mid-May.

Elwyn Dop, Condor’s Operations Director, said the company was pressing ahead with plans for the summer. 

“We are absolutely committed to a resumption in passenger services and the recent surge in interest following the British government’s announcement last week has given us cause for optimism," he said. 

"Any restart does, though, require an agreement on border opening and currently there is no certainty when any easing of such controls will be possible.” 

The Commodore Clipper, Condor’s freight and passenger ferry, will continue to sail daily between the Channel Islands and Portsmouth, and to make a fortnightly round trip to St Malo. Freight-only sailings remain unchanged. 

Pictured top: Condor Liberation may be back in action in time for summer.

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