Winter 2019/20 - Montenegro Airlines


Montenegro Airlines will be making minor amendments to its 2019/2020 winter season operations, which begin on Sunday next week. The carrier will operate scheduled services from Podgorica to Belgrade, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Zurich, as well as from Tivat to Belgrade and Moscow. For a second consecutive year, the airline will increase frequencies between Podgorica and Ljubljana, with an additional two weekly rotations for a total of six. The company will also add an extra weekly flight from Podgorica to Frankfurt and Paris, as well as from Tivat to Moscow during the holiday travel period, between mid-December and mid-January. Furthermore, the airline will run charter flights to Italy.

This winter season, Montenegro Airlines will maintain operations with four aircraft - three Embraer E195s and one Fokker 100 jet. The second F100, which has been grounded with an engine issue since May, is unlikely to be returned to service. Although the carrier is yet to detail its future fleet plans, it is believed this winter will mark the last for the remaining F100, which is approaching retirement and will be replaced by a leased Embraer jet next summer. The Montenegrin carrier is currently in the process of finalising a commercial strategy which will define the company’s development over the next three to five years in terms of its destination network and fleet structure.

The 2019/20 winter season runs until March 29, 2020. Please note that the changes listed below are preliminary and based on current availability in the GDS (Global Distribution System). Both frequencies and destinations are subject to change. Furthermore, the table below displays the peak weekly frequency on each route during the course of the winter season. Air Serbia and Croatia Airlines have both made adjustment to their winter networks as well and these modifications can be viewed by clicking on the provided links.

Departing Podgorica

DestinationFrequency W18/19Frequency W19/20ChangeNotes
Belgrade1515--
Frankfurt22-3 flights from
DEC13-JAN10
Ljubljana46 2-
Paris22-3 flights from
DEC12-JAN09
Rome33--
Vienna33--
Zurich33--

Departing Tivat

DestinationFrequency W18/19Frequency W19/20ChangeNotes
Belgrade1010--
Moscow22-3 flights from
DEC27-JAN10





Comments

  1. Another airline benefiting from Adria collapse.

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    1. A few years ago Montenegro Airlines used to fly to Pristina and Skopje. They could have used JP's death to relaunch these two.

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    2. They stopped flying there because they had debt towards both airports.

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  2. Their network hasn't been changed for years. Same old, same old.

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    1. Not much they can do. Maybe extend CPH and DUS into winter.

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    2. They could maybe launch three weekly INI.

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    3. What for would they fly to INI? JU flies seasonally to TIV. They had their opportunity and they missed it.

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    4. As far as I remember they used to fly TGD-INI. The flights were subsidised by Nis at the time. They stopped when the subsidies ran out.

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    5. Those flights never made sense because YM has a very weak network from TGD. They had 10-15 passengers per flight.

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  3. So the Fokkers will finally be retired at the end of winter?

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    1. They originally announced their reitrement for end of winter 2017/18. So I wouldn't take them seriously.

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    2. Retiring the F100s is smart move in my opinion. They are becoming an increasingly uneconomical aircraft.

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    3. What happened with the other Fokkers? Have they been sold or are they just sitting in Podgorica?

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    4. They can't afford to replace them. Remember that their E90s were returned because they couldn't pay the leases.

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  4. I'm very interested to see what happens to MGX once airports are given up for concession. They owe a lot of money to TGD and TIV.

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  5. They really don't need more than 3 planes for this type of frequencies.

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    1. Are all of their planes based in Podgorica or do they have one in Tivat?

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    2. Last year they had 3 planes based in Podgorica and 2 in Tivat.

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

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    4. All in Podgorica.

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    5. The two are barely two hours apart. Would make no sense to have crew in TIV with the network they have.

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  6. I'm surprised about them flying just 3 weekly to Zurich. I'm sure this route could work on a more frequent basis than that.

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  7. Very slim network reflecting high seasonality. It is good they have code share with JU. The government should work harder to get them closer to LH.

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    1. Why should the government do that?

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    2. Not sure how interested Lufthansa is in Montenegro Airlines. They just launched seasonal flights to Tivat this year.

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  8. This is such an underwhelming network. If an lcc based a plane in Podgorica they would be wiped out in a matter of months.

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    1. Ryanair will soon have the same number of year round routes as YM.

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    2. wow good on FR.

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  9. How about London??? They can try with STN or LGW. The E195 can very easily make it to London.

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    1. They used to fly to London a few years back.

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    2. They do that only on summer basis.

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    3. They still do seasonally from Tivat.

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    4. Montenegrins need visa for UK.
      Visa procedure is humiliating and inhumane ...

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    5. Flights are there mainly for UK tourists.

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  10. MGX should be privatised ASAP.

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    1. To whome exactly?

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    2. Buyers aren't exactly lining up.

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  11. Montebegro Airlines should be doing much more and be more competitive. Not sure if they realise what kind of competition they are facing.

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  12. Maybe Air France could consider its own fights to Podgorica. Seems like the only destinations performing well for YM besides Belgrade.

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    1. Air France is quite happy just codesharing on Montenegro Airlines' flights on this route.

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    2. They don't fly to SJJ, PRN, SKP so I doubt TGD is the top of their priorities in the region.

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    3. Considering the number of French arrivals in Montenegro it should be.

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    4. They could fly seasonally to Tivat like to Dubrovnik and Split.

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  13. 4 Fokkers parked at TGD hangars yesterday, 2 w/o engines

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    1. Engines sold or used for spare parts?

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    2. Spare parts.

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  14. where is all this demand for TGD-LJU coming from? I mean even before Adria went belly up they had more flights to there then to CDG.

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    1. Yes I find that interesting, while there are no flights to either Zagreb, Sarajevo or Skopje for example.

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  15. Ok network for winter operations out of Montenegro in my opinion.

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    1. It's the same every year

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    2. Optimal for them in winter.

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  16. Montenegro as a market has more potential to cater for more flights. Even in winter.

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    1. Such as? Which destinations are they missin?

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    2. Helsinki or Madrid.

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  17. They also used to fly from Podgorica to Moscow a few years ago. Not anymore.

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  18. When was the last time YM introduced a new destinations?

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    1. This summer! Tivat-Hanover.

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  19. Bravo YM! Čega se pametan stidi time se budala ponosi. Pogledajte to jado od zimskih linija. Da ima samo jednog jedinog čoveka od čojstva i poštenja pa da kaže kako je ovo neodrživo. Treba pravo reći da je YM bacanje para i da nema kupca za ovakvu firmu. Crna Gora ima tri opcije: Ugasiti YM pa ko hoće od stranih neka leti, Makedonski scenarijo sa dotiranjem strane firme, ili SAS scenario i udruživanje u zajedničkom interesu i uticajem gde se leti. Ni po babu ni po stričevima neka izaberu što im je najbolje činiti ali je sigurno ovakvo stanje najgore.

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  20. Why don't they buy a few Dash 8 400's

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  21. More comments from people who obviously percieve themselves as experts, and less sense in one place, I havent seen in a long time.

    If I dont know anything about something, I dont talk about it. That is why I dont question who should open more lines and where if I dont know the backstory. This goes for all ex Yu airlines, not just in this case. Entire portal is full of these self proclaimed experts who would apparently be perfect CEO-s to their imaginary airlines. o.O

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    1. That's why airline leaders of the world turn to Montenegro Airlines for advice, a shining example of how airline should be run, LOL.

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