Ryanair to spread its wings to MontenegroRyanair is likely to begin flights to Podgorica in September as talks between Europe’s biggest no frills airline and the Montenegrin government continue. Ryanair is interested in commencing flights from Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport and London Stansted to the Montenegrin capital. In return for operating an all year round service to Montenegro, Podgorica Airport will finance the airline’s marketing campaign and some handling fees will be slashed. Montenegro Airlines, based in Podgorica, said that low cost airlines should fly to Montenegro only if they offer flights during the low winter season as well.
With a contract between the government and Ryanair in the works, the airline will be obligated to carry 100.000 passengers out of Podgorica in 1 year and carry 50.000 passengers during the low season, from October until May, local media reports.
Ryanair offers many flights out of Croatia but does not serve any other EX-YU nation. Many Montenegrins and tourists choose to fly to nearby Dubrovnik in Croatia with low cost airlines and then find alternative transport to Montenegro. Montenegro Airlines does not operate flights to Glasgow although it serves London Gatwick Airport. Earlier, the Montenegrin national carrier said it would suspend flights to London this year due to low interest.