Summer 2019 - Montenegro Airlines


Montenegro Airlines will be making changes to its summer network, which begins next Sunday, with the carrier to put a greater focus on its operations from Tivat for a second consecutive year. From its main base in Podgorica, the airline will add an extra weekly flight to Copenhagen and Paris, which will now be served three and four times per week respectively. Furthermore, it will bring forward the resumption of its flights to Lyon by a week. All other services will remain unchanged. In addition to its scheduled flights, Montenegro Airlines will be operating a number of charters from Podgorica.

From Tivat, Montenegro Airlines will boost operations across its network and introduce a new two weekly seasonal service to Hannover from May 2. Furthermore, frequencies on one of its busiest routes, to Belgrade, will be increased to 23 times per week, while an additional weekly rotation will run to Leipzig and Munich, both of which were introduced as new destinations last year. Flights to the two German cities will resume at the start of the summer season, whereas last year they were launched in May. Similarly, flights to Moscow will be increased for a second year running and will now operate eighteen times per week. In addition, seasonal services to St Petersburg will resume in late April instead of early June as was the case in 2018. On the other hand, the airline will not be resuming its seasonal flights from Tivat to Copenhagen and will remove one weekly flight from its London Gatwick schedule, with the service resumption being brought forward by a week compared to last year.

Montenegro Airlines is expected to wet-lease an additional aircraft over the summer, however, it is yet to publish any equipment modifications. Please note that the changes listed below are preliminary and based on current availability in the Global Distribution System (GDS). Furthermore, the table below displays the peak weekly frequency on each route during the course of the summer season. Increases in frequencies, particularly on flights from Tivat to Belgrade and Moscow, do not come into effect until later on in the summer. The summer season runs until October 26. You can now review the 2019 summer season changes for each national carrier from the former Yugoslavia by clicking on the links below.


Departing Podgorica

Destination  Frequency S2018Frequency S2019Change  Notes
Belgrade1414--
Copenhagen23 1resumes MAY04
Dusseldorf33--
Frankfurt55--
Ljubljana33--
Lyon22-resumes APR06
Paris56 1-
Rome44--
Vienna55--
Zurich66--

Departing Tivat

DestinationFrequency S2018Frequency S2019Change  Notes
Belgrade2223 1-
Copenhagen10 1-
Leipzig23 1-
Hannover02 2starts MAY02
Moscow1718 1-
Munich23 1-
London Gatwick43 1resumes APR17
St. Petersburg33-resumes APR30





Comments

  1. Dead man walking. I am surprised they will have 2 daily to BEG from TGD. I guess JU is happy about it.

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    1. They have been flying two daily to BEG for years.

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    2. This "dead man" will be walking for many many more years to come.

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    3. Why would it matter if Air Serbia is happy or not with it?

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    4. Do YM and JU still codeshare?

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    5. Yes, on many routes. New York included.

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    6. Finally to see JU getting the upper hand on BEG-TGD. YM was dominating for years.

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    7. From what did you conclude they are getting the upper hand?

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    8. Maybe from the fact that they will operate three daily flights while YM will have 2? Also JU will have more capacity. 13.45 flight is usually an A320 while the morning flights gets upgraded to A319 and is then rotated to London. In the end it will be A319, A320 and Atr-72.

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    9. But you see, it's been like that for years.

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    10. And YM is incraesing Tivat-Belgrade and also uses B737 on those flights.

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    11. yes an ancient B735 with 120 seats which has less seats than JU's A319. Also I checked in the system and YM will send F100 from TIV to BEG on most flights which is quite old and run down. I don't understand why is it hard for some people to accept a fact that there is a market where JU has the upper hand.

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    12. WE WANT WIZZ AIR AND NOT OVERPRICED YM AND JU!!!

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    13. And Air Serbia's ATRs are brand new? B737 has not been scheduled yet on any route. If you read the article you would have seen that. Also I have no problem with Air Serbia having an upper hand on all markets. I have a problem when you are making claims without facts for the sake of cheering.

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    14. What do you mean without facts? I gave you facts:

      1. JU will have more flights to TGD.
      2. YM will have 2 more weekly flights to TIV but JU will send its high capacity 320 at noon.
      3. YM has scheduled the F100 to TIV.
      4. JU in summer always operates A319 to TGD in the morning and then a mix of A319/320 at noon.

      So as you can see, these are facts that show that JU finally has the upper hand with more conveient timetable and more seats in total. E95 won't be sent to BEG from TIV, only TGD.

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  2. Not bad at all

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  3. In the end it seems they decided not to move airports in Moscow.

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  4. German market seems to be getting more and more flights.

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    1. Yep, and Lufthansa starting flights to TIV as well this summer.

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  5. Will they lease B737-500 again?

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    1. Most probably. If they were not leasing a plane, network would be reduced compared to last summer.

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  6. Thanks for providing us with these for all airlines. Much appreciated.

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    1. +1
      Good way to compare them and their plans.

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  7. Nice to see growth.

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  8. It is an ok network.

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    1. Most of Europe covered actually. Well the main points at least.

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  9. It is very challenging to operate from two airports with just 5/6 aircraft. The schedule seems ok.

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    1. They could utilize the planes much better. Look at Wizz Air's network with 5 planes from Skopje.

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    2. Wizz Air has only two weekly frequencies on most of their flights. That's why they can serve so many destinations with 5 aircraft.

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    3. That's not the case from Skopje.

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  10. Does YM have crew based in Tivat or are they all from Podgorica?

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    1. They are all Podgorica based. Besides Tivat and Podgorica are 2 hours from each other by bus.

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  11. Nice to see new route, longer summer and charters.

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  12. Expecting more competition in TIV from 2020..FR & W6 have evinced interest in starting operations from TIV.

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  13. Love the new uniforms :)

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  14. Maybe Air France could consider its own fights to Podgorica? Seems to be working well for Montenegro Airlines.

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    1. Or they could fly seasonally to Tivat.

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    2. Are there any flights from Paris to Tivat?

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    3. Yes, by Transavia (from Orly).

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    4. Great. Thanks :)

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    5. I don't see Air France coming for the time being. YM has the right aircraft for the route and Air France codeshares on these.

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  15. Well as expected they were unable to sustain CPH from TGD and TIV. But good to see it gets a boost from TGD.

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    1. I'm surprised SAS doesen't have some seasonal flights to Montenegro.

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    2. Norwegian covers Oslo.

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    3. I mean from the Scandinavian market they cover Oslo and Helsinki starts this summer.

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    4. As you can see from the table Cph - Tgd is not only sustained but increased for 2019. But yes they lost the Tiv route which is disappointing.

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    5. ^ Yes I see but I meant from Tivat. Because last year they actually added Tivat and I was surprised they would be flying to CPH from both cities. But good to see the TGD up by one.

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    6. @10.14
      Scandinavia is served by MGX charters to Oslo and Helsinki. At the moment, I don't think there is demand for anything more than that.

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    7. Ryan Air is flying Podgorica - Stockholm
      So that is fine for now.

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  16. Given the fleet size, the population of the country, the existance of other major players in the market and such, we should agree that YM has a decent network coverage.
    LYS seems to be the new hotspot or new gasto city. Similar trends are seen from BEG too.

    YM remains one of the few carriers in the continent, providing full service: free meals, checked luggage and water.

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    1. Completely agree. Montenegro Airlines should be commended for being the only true full service carrier left in ex-yu.

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  17. They should have considered some new regional destinations

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    1. Agree. Skopje, Nis, Zagreb, Pristina are all possibilities.

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  18. Good to see new routes being launched. I think they are on their way to recovery.

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  19. Is there a chance of YM joining SkyTeam?
    Also having Gatwick slots is really something to be proud of.

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    1. I don't know who could sponsor them. And if it would be in TAROM's interest

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    2. Why RO? What have they got to do with YM? I know they are a SkyTeam member.

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  20. Montenegro as a market has more potential to cater for more flights.

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  21. Does anybody know how many passengers did montenegro airlines carry in 2016 ? Thanks a lot .

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    1. 644k
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2018/12/montenegro-airlines-plans-for-2019.html

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