Travel Difficulties This Weekend
Some people may have trouble getting on and off the island this weekend.
Both Condor and Aurigny have been experiencing difficulties, which could change some travel plans.
Aurigny’s Embraer jet is currently in Southern Poland for annual maintenance, and the airline’s ATR 72 fleet will be covering the route from Guernsey to Gatwick and back.
The majority of flights over the weekend are now sold out.
Meanwhile, Condor will be running a revised schedule from Friday 9th February through to Monday 12th Febraury, following a delay in return to service from dry dock of Condor Rapide.
The schedule has also been affected by poor weather forecast in the St Malo area.
The company has said it will utilise Condor Liberation to replace Rapide on her scheduled round trips between St Malo and Guernsey. Commodore Clipper will also provide additional capacity to Portsmouth on Sunday 11th February and round trips to St Malo on both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February.
Condor’s CEO, Paul Luxon, says:
‘It is unfortunately a perfect storm as the stevedores’ strikes in St Malo in early January prior to the start of dry dock delayed Rapide’s original departure to Falmouth by three days and last weekend the poor weather meant we were unable to re-float her for commissioning as planned. Conditions on Friday are also restrictive for services between Jersey and St Malo and this requires further amendments to our schedules.
We are bringing in extra Customer Services’ staff to help transfer passengers onto other sailings and apologise for any inconvenience these changes may cause to their travel plans.’
All Condor passengers are being offered a transfer to the next available sailing or a full refund.