Soon in Yerevan
The Montenegrin national carrier will launch flights from Podgorica to the Armenian capital Yerevan this summer, linking the two cities for the first time. Montenegro Airlines will operate scheduled charters between the two capitals starting from July 11 every Thursday until the end of August. The flights are being organised by the Armenian Sputnik tour operator as well as local tour operators Globus Tours and Talas M. Montenegro Airlines will operate the service with one of its Fokker 100s.
A return ticket for the inaugural service will amount to 500 euros or 300 euros one way. Subsequent flights will set passengers back 570 euros return or 380 euros one way. Armenia has never had air links to any of the republics of the former Yugoslavia. Recently, the Armenian national carrier, Armavia, declared bankruptcy, leaving the country without links to several large markets. Throughout the summer Montenegro Airlines operates charters to several destinations mainly in Italy - Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Napoli.
Montenegro Airlines has also responded to criticism from the country’s National Tourism Board for failing to organise additional flights and charters to Belgrade over the recent May Day and Easter public holidays. The Board said a big surge in the number of tourists from Serbia was recorded over the week long break. However, the Montenegrin carrier said it was not asked to organise additional flights. It added that its four daily flights to Belgrade were operating at full capacity, with the airline carrying 4.300 passengers between the Serbian capital, Podgorica and Tivat and thus recorded a 9% passenger increase during the week compared to the same period last year. The Tourism Board also criticised the national carrier for its expensive tickets saying it impacted on the number of tourists holidaying in Montenegro at the start of the month.