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Weather disrupts Christmas ferry travel

Weather disrupts Christmas ferry travel

Tuesday 20 December 2022

Weather disrupts Christmas ferry travel

Tuesday 20 December 2022


Condor is adding sailings and rescheduling other services in an attempt to provide travel certainty in the lead up to Christmas with challenging weather conditions expected.

Wind speeds of up to 50 knots and wave heights above 5m are predicted at times in the English Channel and at local ports this week.

The company is warning of significant disruption to conventional and high-speed services for freight and passengers. It follows recent weather-related cancellations. 

Additional high speed sailings will be put on tomorrow [21 December] to the UK and France.

Elwyn Dop, Condor’s Operations Director, said: “The forecast has and continues to be really changeable, so using the best available data at the time, we have been prudent by contacting travellers in advance to notify them of the potential for disruption and to offer alternatives wherever possible”.

The new departures are operating from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey, and from St Malo to both Islands.

A Thursday early morning sailing is also being scheduled between Jersey and France before the significant forecasted deterioration of weather from Thursday lunchtime.

Mr Dop added: “We apologise for the inconvenience caused but the conditions are very unpredictable and subject to constant change. We are, however, looking to ensure that passengers arrive at their destination within 24 hours of their original booking and freight will also reach the Islands in time for Christmas.”

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