Flydubai will commence flights between its hub and Tivat this summer, with the Montenegrin coastal city becoming its fourth destination in the former Yugoslavia. Services will operate twice per week, each Monday and Friday, starting June 23. Flights will initially run on a seasonal summer basis, until September 25, however, the hybrid carrier will consider extending the route throughout the winter depending on its performance. The announcement comes several months after Flydubai operated a one-off charter between Dubai and Tivat carrying the airline's management, tour operators, journalists and businesspeople. Flights will be maintained with a 174-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft in a two-class configuration, featuring twelve seats in business class and 174 in economy. The airline says the new route is in direct response to customer feedback and demand for more leisure destinations in Flydubai's network.
The new service will mark the first time Montenegro has boasted commercial flights to the Gulf. Porto Montenegro, a luxury yacht marina and adjacent waterfront development owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, is located close to Tivat Airport and is expected to attract holidaymakers from the United Arab Emirates. Montenegro abolished visa restrictions for UAE nationals in 2015. “We are confident that the demand for these new summer flights will be strong in both business and economy class. The interest in affordable, popular and off-the-beaten-track holiday destinations continues to grow especially from the GCC [Gulf Coopeartion Council] markets and these routes offer alternative options for those seeking a beach holiday or city breaks”, Jeyhun Efendi, Flydubai's Commercial Senior Vice President, said.
|Flydubai business class cabin|
Speaking to EX-YU Aviation News last month, Mr Efendi noted, "The former Yugoslavia is an important market for Flydubai. We have been flying there since 2011 when we began our flights to Belgrade. In 2012 we launched flights to Skopje and in December 2014 we began flights to Sarajevo. Demand for these routes remains strong as passengers are able to travel to Dubai and beyond through our efficient aviation hub, offering links to 264 points around the world. The routes have also provided those from the Middle East, Gulf and beyond our network with easier access to discover this part of the world". Further flight details for the new Dubai - Tivat service can be found here.