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Condor makes improvements to schedule for Summer season

CONDOR is making a number of changes to its Summer timetable which offer improved timings, increased inter-island connectivity and is designed to benefit inbound tourism into the Islands.

19 April 2024

These follow assurances made by interim CEO, Christophe Mathieu – from shareholder Brittany Ferries – last month which will see a return to a consistent high speed and conventional ship schedule as operated before the pandemic. More than three quarters of Condor’s passengers remain unaffected or are being notified of a minor one/two hour time change and the timetable will feature more convenient timings for both freight customers and passengers. 

Mr Mathieu said that the changes bring consistency and familiarity which he believes will be welcomed. 

‘Over the last couple of months I have taken a fresh look at Condor’s operations and it has been evident from passengers and freight clients that they prefer better timed services, so this is being reflected in the updated schedule being introduced.’ 

Amongst the changes, Jersey passengers will see an increased frequency to St Malo, with up to twice daily services during the peak Summer, morning and evening. High speed sailings from Poole will revert to morning departures, seven days per week in the peak months and there will be improved connectivity inter-island. 

Guernsey’s service to Cherbourg will cease and in its place an additional 54 direct sailings have been scheduled to St Malo from May through to October. There will be additional day trips from Poole to Guernsey, which are designed to benefit tourism, local retail and on-Island events. 

Freight customers have already seen the schedule revert to early morning and late afternoon arrivals to support the existing supply chain. 

Mr Mathieu added: ‘Given that schedule change causes disruption, regrettably some complaints are inevitable. We are sorry for those who have been affected and in particular for any miscommunication that may have occurred and are working with passengers individually. 

‘We believe the majority of Islanders, passengers and freight users will though benefit in the medium to long-term, notwithstanding understandable concerns from some raised in the immediate aftermath.’ 

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