Montenegro Airlines, Podgorica and Tivat on the upSimilar to its counterparts in Croatia and Serbia, Montenegro Airlines has also seen a surge in passenger numbers this summer. In July, the national carrier welcomed almost 50.000 passengers on board its aircraft. Since April, Montenegro Airlines has seen an 18% increase in passenger numbers. Over the summer months the average cabin load factor stood at 73%. Overall, in the first half of the year passenger numbers were up 6%. By the end of the summer season the carrier anticipates to handle some 200.000 travellers, an increase of 33.3% compared to the same period last year when it saw 150.000 passengers. In 2011, Montenegro Airlines welcomed just under 600.000 passengers.
A good holiday season has also boosted numbers at Montenegro Airlines’ two hubs - Podgorica and Tivat. In the first seven months of the year, Podgorica Airport handled 329.647 passengers, an increase of almost 3% compared to last year. On the other hand, Tivat Airport saw numbers surge over 14% as it welcomed 360.291 passengers in the first seven months of 2012.
Both Tivat and Podgorica made into the top ten busiest airports in the former Yugoslavia in 2011, taking eighth and ninth position respectively, ahead of Sarajevo but behind Skopje. The two airports are likely to maintain the same positions in 2012.