Condor Ferries “ditch the Channel Islands”

Travelers have been frustrated by the disruption of Condor Ferries’ “sporadic” schedules.



a boat is moored next to a large body of water: a couple must have slept on the floor of the slow ferry after their high-speed navigation was hijacked


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Couple must have slept on the floor of the slow ferry after their high-speed navigation was hijacked

A couple visiting Guernsey must have slept on the floor of a slow ferry, after their return to Portsmouth was diverted to Poole.

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Ella and Nigel Davie, from the Isle of Wight, said the company was “letting the Channel Islands down.”

Condor said it had “rationalized” or canceled certain routes due to staff shortage and restrictions related to Covid.

Ms Davie explained that they had cycled to Guernsey and had to travel 97km after midnight from Poole to Portsmouth if they took their original ferry back home by boat to the Isle of Wight .

She said: “Instead, the staff got us on the slow, overnight boat to Portsmouth and we had to try and sleep on the ground as there were no cabins left.”

“The ferry company is dropping the Channel Islands.”

“Pull out hair”

James Hibble, who lives in Guernsey and runs a warehouse business in Jersey, said he was forced to fly to make sure he could do important work.

He said: “The sails are now so sporadic that it’s rarely practical.”

Mr Hibble said he was lucky to be able to get around the disruption as he could “manage my time” by running his business.

“Those who have jobs with stricter hours have to be tearing their hair out or just be unable to function,” he added.

“Rationalized or cease”

A Condor spokesperson said that “significant changes in demand patterns caused by Covid” meant the company had “tried to match supply with demand as far as possible”.

He explained: “In the travel industry, the need for certain services has fallen to levels which unfortunately mean they need to be streamlined or just ceased.

“We have focused our efforts this year on scheduling direct high speed crossings between the UK and the islands, providing additional capacity in July, August and September.”

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