New market neededAfter Jat Airways ceased operations from Serbia’s third largest city, Niš, Montenegro Airlines has declared its wish to begin services from Niš to Zurich and other European capitals. A delegation from Montenegro Airlines made their desire known to the Serbian ministry of infrastructure after a meeting between the two sides was held on Friday. However, in order for Montenegro Airlines to fly from Niš it would have to gain fifth freedom rights as it is operating from a country other than its own to another foreign country. This would also open the door for Montenegro Airlines to operate from Belgrade, something the Montenegrin carrier has been yearning for since 2006. Montenegro Airlines which operated flights from Belgrade to other European cities, lost its rights in 2006 after the dissolution of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro. Similarly, Jat was forced to cease operations from Podgorica and Tivat to London, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg.
Meanwhile, the Swedish low cost airline MCA and the Italian Windjet have announced plans to fly to Niš. MCA is willing to operate flights from Stockholm via another European city and Windjet from Bologna.