Latest score update: Airport 3 : Harbour 0

Not content with announcing one new route in a week, there's more good news from Jersey Airport today. are to start direct services between Jersey & Leeds/Bradford from 25 May 2008. The service will operate 3 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday) until 26 October. Fares start from just £28.99 one way and are on sale now. So yet another new low-cost route starts up - and hints of more to come from Jersey Airport Director, Julian Green.

Meanwhile, doom piles upon gloom down at the harbour. Poor old HD Ferries are in trouble again - this time with the French authorities. Apparently a spot check by the Affaires Maritimes on Tuesday revealed 'deficiencies' and the vessel is now in St Malo along with the company's CEO, Chris Howe-Davies to try and resolve the matter.

All HD services are cancelled until at least Friday causing yet more inconvenience to passengers. The impact of all these issues on their forward sales must be dramatic - most people I speak to will not book with the company because of the risk of not travelling.

In the meantime, Condor must be quietly rubbing their hands together with glee. They believe that the vessel HD are using is not capable of operating the route & is a risk (as it almost proved to be on at least two occasions this summer). They may well be right, but as someone commented today, whilst a day return with their car on HD costs £99 - Condor wanted over £200 for the same journey. The route needs competition - but it also needs robust, dependable & safe operators.

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