In light of the difficulties being experienced by air passengers following the announcement that Isle of Man-based EuroManx has ceased operations, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is advising those who are unable to source alternative air travel that it has excess capacity on its twice daily return services to Liverpool and Heysham.
Chief Executive Mark Woodward explained: “We appreciate that some passengers who had booked with EuroManx may be experiencing problems in arranging alternative travel. Hopefully, the tremendous efforts by everyone at Isle of Man Airport and the other airlines, who stepped in to help fill the void left by EuroManx ceasing operations, will address the situation.
“However, if any passengers are unable to source adequate alternative air travel, we are looking at options to help. Viking is scheduled to operate the vast majority of Liverpool sailings, but Snaefell, which re-enters service on Monday (May 12) is scheduled to operate a limited number. We do have the option of utilising the larger Viking to replace Snaefell on those sailings, should the demand be there.”
Mr Woodward added: ‘We have been in touch with the Department of Health and Social Security to discuss whether we can be of assistance with patient transfers to and from UK hospitals.
“We have also contacted the Department of Trade and Industry and passed on details of our current job vacancies, which the Department has forwarded to EuroManx staff.