Europe's largest low cost airline, Ryanair, will introduce services from Berlin Schonefeld Airport to Podgorica later this summer. It comes just a day after the carrier announced it would launch flights from the German capital to Niš. Services between Berlin and Podgorica will also operate twice per week, each Thursday and Sunday afternoon, starting September 4. Further details are available here. The new route will complement the airline's existing flights from Charleroi and London Stansted to the Montenegrin capital and faces no competition. Germany has become Ryanair's fastest growing market, with the airline to offer more flights than any of its competitors from Berlin Schonefeld Airport this coming winter season.
Ryanair has enjoyed success in Podgorica so far and was the first low cost airline to enter the Montenegrin market. Since launching services there in 2013, it handled over 100.000 passengers on flights to and from the city by September 2015. "We are very pleased with our Podgorica operations, which continue to perform strongly", the airline said recently. Under a three-year agreement with the Montenegrin government, Ryanair was also to launch services to Tivat. However, these never materialised. In 2013, the no frills carrier 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”. According to the Montenegrin government, Ryanair has not received any subsidies or incentives and is paying full landing and handling fees in Podgorica.
Last week, the Montenegrin government said it is also in talks with another low cost airline over the introduction of new flights from Italy and Germany. It added that an agreement with the yet-to-be-named carrier is to be signed soon. This summer, easyJet launched operations to Montenegro, with its first route from Manchester to Tivat, which will be followed up by a new service from London Gatwick on June 16. Last year, Wizz Air confirmed to EX-YU Aviation News it was in talks over future flights to the country. "We can confirm talks with Montenegro. However, airport costs are a problem and we have been dragged into long negotiations", Wizz CEO, Joseph Varadi, said at the time. In late 2014, Predrag Jelušić, the Montenegrin State Secretary for Tourism, said, “I believe we are very close to reaching a deal with Wizz Air to launch flights from Montenegro to Germany and Poland”. Just a few days ago, Tivat Airport's new General Manager, Jovan Mačić, noted, " In addition to significant growth in charter flights, this season we will welcome some of the most renowned low cost airlines such as Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air".