Soon in Podgorica
Montenegro is gearing up for several new arrivals next summer season. The Italian national carrier, Alitalia, will launch three weekly flights from Rome to the Montenegrin capital from April 2013. It is one of several new destinations the airline will be launching next summer season. Alitalia will be in direct competition with Montenegro Airlines, which operates the same route, also three times per week. Alitalia’s presence in the region has diminished significantly over the years. Within the former Yugoslavia it currently operates flights only to Belgrade. It once also served Sarajevo, Skopje, Dubrovnik and Split. Flight details for the new Rome - Podgorica service can be found here.
Meanwhile, Air Berlin will be launching flights to Tivat next summer. Services from Munich to the Montenegrin coast will be inaugurated on May 14 and will operate once per week. Flight details can be viewed here. The airline has previously run seasonal summer flights from Nuremberg to Tivat. Another German airline, Condor, will also be launching services to Tivat. It will operate flights from Frankfurt starting late March.
The airports in both Tivat and Podgorica have seen a strong year. By mid November, Tivat Airport welcomed 703.000 passengers, a 12% increase compared to the same period last year. The airport sees the majority of its traffic during the summer months, over 80%. Tivat has already surpassed its end of year 2011 result when it handled 647.184 passengers. On the other hand, Podgorica started the year off to a slow start seeing a significant drop in traffic. However, things picked up by March and the airport has been recording passenger growth ever since. Despite strong gains, Tivat and Podgorica are expected to retain their positions as the eighth and ninth busiest airports in the former Yugoslavia.