Manche-Iles Specific, which is owned by La Manche Departmental Council in Normandy, say the annual value of holding the corporate going through the world well being disaster has risen by €200,000 to €1.4 million.
Beforehand, French passengers visiting the Channel Islands have been in a position to journey utilizing their nationwide ID playing cards. Nonetheless, following latest Brexit-related immigration rule modifications, solely passports can be accepted – one thing which simply 20% of French Manche-Iles passengers have.
The corporate, which is contemplating promoting off one in all its vessels, can also be involved that the strict Covid-19 measures put in place at Jersey’s borders will deter Normans from visiting.
Marc Lefèvre, chatting with La Presse de La Manche, stated: ‘This example leads us to rethink our financial mannequin. Clearly 2021 won’t be a standard yr. Other than Brexit and this passport problem, the [Covid-19] sanitary measures will imply that we’ll have comparatively few providers this yr.
‘Is having two boats nonetheless justified for this yr? Within the medium time period a single boat might be sufficient and we hope to search out an financial mannequin that’s acceptable. Now we have not determined something but.’
He added: ‘We have to focus on it and see what occurs with the well being state of affairs. I’ve the desire, if attainable, to maintain the hyperlinks with the Channel Islands. They contribute to the relationships we’ve got with our neighbours, however I’m cautious about the usage of public funds.’
Mr Lefèvre added that he could be asking Jersey’s and Guernsey’s governments for monetary assist in operating the service. However he stated that when he had completed so beforehand he had not had any success.
The Authorities of Jersey was approached for remark however the JEP had not obtained a response on the time of publication.