Condor cashing in as other ferry operators hit by strikes

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CONDOR Ferries has reported a fourfold increase in passenger bookings to France in the wake of strike action which has hit other operators.

Condor says it has been catering for hundreds of passengers wanting to avoid travelling to Dover and other ports.

But it is Poole which is benefiting from the surge after Condor was forced to pull out of Weymouth because of cracks in the Harbour wall.

The cost of repairing the damage has doubled to £4million and here are fears the work may not be completed in time for the company to resume sailings as planned in March next year.

Wildcat strike action in French ports has affected most other ferry operations but Condor offers sailings to St Malo via a connecting service in Jersey or Guernsey.

Alicia Andrews, sales and marketing director, said: “We are operating a full schedule of daily sailings between Poole and St Malo over the coming weekend and are pleased to be able to help passengers who want to get to Brittany, with the minimum of inconvenience, driving and motorway tolls on the way to their destination.”

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1:02pm Sat 29 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

I hope the council is taking note of what Weymouth is missing due to their intransigence.
I hope the council is taking note of what Weymouth is missing due to their intransigence. lostnfound
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1:57pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Crabber says...

lostnfound wrote:
I hope the council is taking note of what Weymouth is missing due to their intransigence.
I think the words 'IS MISSING' should be substituted for 'WILL BE MISSED' as I along with many more think that Condor & Weymuff will no longer be bedmates
[quote][p][bold]lostnfound[/bold] wrote: I hope the council is taking note of what Weymouth is missing due to their intransigence.[/p][/quote]I think the words 'IS MISSING' should be substituted for 'WILL BE MISSED' as I along with many more think that Condor & Weymuff will no longer be bedmates Crabber
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5:54pm Sat 29 Sep 12

weymouthfox says...

I don't think our incompetent councillors have any chance of repairing the berth and Condor will either remain at Poole or more likely go to Portland Port.
I don't think our incompetent councillors have any chance of repairing the berth and Condor will either remain at Poole or more likely go to Portland Port. weymouthfox
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3:54pm Mon 1 Oct 12

bootedsw says...

Poole - pluses is avaliable, closer arguable to most of the customers and has the capacity
minuses
costs more for the ferry company as the craft has to proceed thru the harbour at a slow pace due to brownsea island and local yachts. More than one operator in the harbour. istr passenger get bussed between terminal and vessel, and the journey is longer.
Portland a bit of a comercial port, possible traffic delays as you drive thru weymouth. Yet like weymouth 24h berth, no competiton in the area and shorter distance to trasnsition to full speed. Yet no marketing pull, nobody will see it on the off days.
Poole - pluses is avaliable, closer arguable to most of the customers and has the capacity minuses costs more for the ferry company as the craft has to proceed thru the harbour at a slow pace due to brownsea island and local yachts. More than one operator in the harbour. istr passenger get bussed between terminal and vessel, and the journey is longer. Portland a bit of a comercial port, possible traffic delays as you drive thru weymouth. Yet like weymouth 24h berth, no competiton in the area and shorter distance to trasnsition to full speed. Yet no marketing pull, nobody will see it on the off days. bootedsw
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