The Montenegrin Minister for Sustainable Development and Tourism, Predrag Sekulić, has announced that Ryanair is prepared to begin services to both Podgorica and Tivat this September. Besides Ryanair, the Montenegrin Government is negotiating with both easyJet and Wizz Air. However, only Ryanair is prepared to begin services this year. On the other hand, easyJet and Wizz Air are also interested in commencing flights to Montenegro but only from 2012. Sekulić told the Antena M radio station, “They [Ryanair] would initially operate flights from Great Britain, from London and Glasgow, to both Podgorica and Tivat. Prices will be in line with airline policy”.
The new low cost arrivals will prove problematic for the debt ridden Montenegro Airlines which has said that talks between the government and low cost airlines are unjustified. Montenegro Airlines’ CEO has previously stated that low cost airlines will operate during the summer season and take passengers away from Montenegro Airlines on routes the carrier has nurtured throughout the year.
This summer, Montenegro Airlines operates 3 flights per week from Podgorica to London Gatwick Airport. On the other hand, Ryanair has bases at both London Luton and London Stansted, with the latter being the largest base in its network.