Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Ryanair to Podgorica from June 20

Soon in Podgorica

Europe’s largest low cost airline, Ryanair, will launch services from Charleroi in Belgium to the Montenegrin capital starting June 20. Maria Macken, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Manager for the UK, Ireland and Cyprus, announced the new service this afternoon at a press conference in Budva. The Ryanair flights will operate twice per week, every Monday and Thursday. Tickets are to go on sale tomorrow on the airline’s website. Montenegro marks Ryanair’s 29th country of operation. Speaking at the conference Ms. Macken said, “This year we are introducing only one service due to capacity restrictions. However, from next year we plan to introduce flights from London, Barcelona, Stockholm and Milan to Tivat”. The initial service from Podgorica is set to operate throughout the year, with Ryanair planning to handle some 10.000 passengers on the route in its first year.

Ryanair originally made plans to launch services to Montenegro last summer. In March 2012, the Montenegrin government said it had negotiated with Ryanair to launch flights to Podgorica from three cities in June. However, the announcement was followed by an angry reaction from the low cost airline, unhappy that details of the agreement were made public. It then decided not to sign the agreement with the Montenegrin government citing expensive fees at Podgorica Airport as its main motive for staying away. Tour operators blamed the government, claiming it purposely sabotaged the negotiating process to protect Montenegro Airlines.

However, in January this year the government launched fresh talks with Ryanair, saying it had made it its main priority to bring low cost carriers to the country. Despite its economy heavily relying on tourism, Montenegro is currently not served by a single low cost airline. Within the former Yugoslavia, Ryanair only operates services to Croatia. Earlier this month it opened its first base in the country, in Zadar.

22 comments:

  1. I can't remember since we last had news about Montenegro (Airlines)... A few days ago I already thought that.

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  2. I would like to inform you all that a media house based in Belgrade is currently conducting a research on how BEG management was fixing tenders.
    Not surprising given that BEG is run by G17/G17+/URS whichever brand they are using now.

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  3. Ooopsss..RIP Montenegro Airlines

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    1. ahahhaahhahahahhahaa finally! :D

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  4. No matter what, Ex-Yu yesterday made shame of himself.

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    1. So why are you still here then?

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    2. ^ exactly, we love you Ex-Yu and all of your posts.. much love

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  5. And Montenegro taxpayers money goes to....

    RYANAIR!!!!! Yeeeeee....

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  6. What about BEG?????

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  7. i wonder which destinations will be served

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  8. http://www.24sata.rs/vesti/aktuelno/vest/hrvatski-portal-mladi-hrvati-i-dalje-sve-manje-tolerisu-srbe/86197.phtml

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  9. http://www.cdm.me/ekonomija/konacno-stigao-ryanair-od-podgorice-do-brisela-za-2899-eura

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  10. Congrats on Montenegro! Lets see some figures next year so you can compete with the rest of the ex-Yu airports. Good luck!

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  11. great for Montenegro, now we're waiting for more destinations to be announced!

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  12. I will always use Thomas Cook Belgium to TIV!!!!

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  13. Yeah, great news for the Montenegrin taxpayers who will have to pay Ryanairs bills. What they get in return? Truckloads of drunk brits who flies in with the only purpose of buying cheap pints. Stag parties for the win!

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    1. very "smart" conclusion!!!! After two decades of covering losses of Montenegro Airlines you conclude that taxpayers wil pay Ryanair bills hahaha...

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  14. FR routes for S14_from/to:TIV:
    TIV-BCN(Barcelona-El Prat),TIV-NYO(Stockholm Skavsta ),TIV-BGY(Milan-Bergamo, Orio Al Serio),TIV-STN(London Stansted)

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    1. Incredible. TGD-BCN. I guess Lufthansa group is lobbying against direct air service from Belgrade to Spain/

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  15. http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/region.php?yyyy=2013&mm=04&dd=24&nav_id=708196

    maybe tomorrow's topic...

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  16. Today I bought a return ticket Brussels-Podgorica-Brussels. Total price is 112 EUR, included one piece of baggage of 15 kg max.

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  17. A vrijeme je bilo, hvala u ime svih Podgoricana :)

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