Help Condor improve its fleet, says JHA president

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THE States should consider extending Condor's operating agreement if the move would allow the company to improve its fleet, the president of the Jersey Hospitality Association has said.

In its recently released comprehensive service review, Condor said it could upgrade its fleet if it were given either a longer operating licence or a subsidy from the governments of Jersey and Guernsey. The upgrade could include buying a new combined passenger and freight conventional ferry, according to the review.

Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham ruled out a subsidy but said that the report presented an opportunity to renegotiate the terms of the agreement Condor had with the States in a way which 'suits all parties better'.

Now JHA president Ian Barnes has called on the government to make sure the Island does not 'lose a vital service' and help Condor make improvements to its fleet.

He said that around 30 per cent of tourists visited via the Island's sea links and that making sure the company had suitable back-up in the event of poor weather or technical faults was important.

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