Speaking to the radio station “Slobodna Evropa” this weekend, Montenegro Airlines CEO, Zoran Djurišić, said, “We haven’t received state subsidies for the past 4 years and we are struggling financially”. The Montenegrin Government was swift to reply. “Following recent revelations in regards to Montenegro Airlines, the Ministry of Transportation and Maritime Affairs has written to the airline’s management for an immediate explanation of what is happening. After we receive their answer we will act in line with the law”, the Montenegrin Ministry of Transportation and Maritime Affairs said.
Opposition politicians were quick to blame the government for the state in which the national carrier finds itself in. “We have no idea what is going on there besides the fact that members of the ruling oligarchy are in management positions”, Radojica Živković, a politician and member of the Parliament's Committee for the Economy, said. Other politicians say that Montenegro Airlines has kept its bad financial performance out of the public's eye, presenting itself instead as a successful company. “If we analyse the state in which Montenegro Airlines is in, we come to the conclusion that time is up for the terrible, state sponsored, management”, Zarija Pejović, another state politician told “Slobodna Evropa”.