Montenegro Airlines to boost operations across network


Montenegro Airlines plans to introduce a new route and strengthen frequencies on a number of key services this coming summer season. The Montenegrin carrier will boost its operations from Podgorica to Ljubljana by adding an additional four weekly flights for a total of one daily rotation, while the carrier will also introduce a new seasonal service to Lisbon, linking Montenegro and Portugal with a scheduled flight for the first time. Operations to Lisbon will commence on June 22 and run each Monday until September 21. The carrier has also been in talks with Croatia Airlines over cooperation on future flights between Podgorica and Zagreb, which are expected to be run by its Croatian counterpart.

Montenegro Airlines will add an extra daily rotation between Tivat and Belgrade this coming summer season. The carrier plans to operate up to 29 weekly services between the two cities from June until September, an increase from last year’s 22 weekly flights. Belgrade is Montenegro Airlines’ busiest route with the carrier's passenger numbers on services to the Serbian capital increasing 3% in 2019. Furthermore, the airline will increase its operations from Tivat to St Petersburg, with flights to run six instead of four times per week. The carrier previously said it was also considering introducing seasonal operations to Istanbul, although they have not been scheduled at this point.

Montenegro Airlines is still in the process of finalising its summer schedule. The airline will also operate a number of charter services. It previously noted it would lease an additional E195 jet for the coming summer. Montenegro Airlines will retire its sole operational Fokker 100 jet following the end of the 2020 summer season. The carrier’s CEO, Živko Banjević, recently said, “In the future, the plan is to have a fleet of five Embraer E195 jets, while a sixth plane, of the same or greater capacity, would be wet-leased through an ACMI over the summer season”.




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  1. Good to see YM expanding too.

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  2. The Lisbon flights are still a mystery to me. Just one per week?

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    1. It is probably for tour groups. I assume half or more of the plane is sold out.

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  3. Everyone is going to profit from Adria going bust.

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    1. "Every exyu airline is going to have lower losses from Adria going bust".

      FTFY

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    2. At least they are still around unlike Adria. ;)

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  4. Daily to Ljubljana means it's their most frequent route from Podgorica after Belgrade.

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    1. I guess JP carried quite a bit of local traffic on the route so yields are probably not that bad.

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    2. I'm surprised by the P2P demand between Podgorica and Ljubljana.

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    3. I'm surprised there are not more flights which are operated on a daily basis. I would imagine Vienna and Zurich could work daily.

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    4. The only routes operated once daily or more are:

      TGD and TIV --> BEG
      TGD --> LJU (from S2020)
      TIV --> DME (only in summer)

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    5. Out of interest how many flights to Podgorica did Adria have in its last summer schedule?

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    6. In previous years they had more.

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    7. @10.25
      Maybe Air France could consider its own fights from Paris to Podgorica?

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  5. Nice to see LED up.

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    1. Yes and doubled !

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    2. Russians are by far the biggest tourist group. Looking at Tivat´s timetable you can easily see that some 70% of the demand is from and to Russia.

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    3. True. Around 520k passengers traveled from Moscow to Tivat last year so the market between Russia and MNE is huge.

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    4. @10.26. From 4 to 6 is not double.

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  6. Are they again going to lease a B737 this summer or are they sticking with the extra Embraer?

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    1. Probably since there were 2 F100s in service last summer while this year there will be only one.

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    2. Hopefully they find a younger aircraft this year.

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  7. One weekly flight to LIS? Why? Both nations have not much in common and do not know each other well, so now u hve the first flights, but can MNEs afford 1 week Portugal and do Portuguese want to spend 1 week in MNE? Wondering if this will work out.....

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    1. My only guess is that it's for tour groups. I don't think 1 week is that long. There is a lot to see and visit (obviously they won't be spending it in Podgorica).

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    2. LIS started to become popular during the last decade with more connections to CEE capitals. W6 expanded cautiously and now they offer quite a decent network. Sole concerning issue is number of restricted slots as the airport is well above capacity with TP expansion and more foreign carriers arrivals.
      MD also serves KIV-LIS and this route has been active for quite a while.
      I think YM might actually have a chance and wishing them good luck!

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    3. I really don't know how they think to fill out the plane to LIS.

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    4. Any data on Portuguese arrivals to Montenegro? They must have based their decision on something.

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  8. I don't think it would be such a bad idea for them to start Tivat-Istanbul. They could get Turkish Airlines to codeshare. Better they do it before TK starts the flights eventually.

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    1. Tivat makes much more sense. There are double daily TK flights to/from Podgorica/Istanbul in summer.

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  9. They should really start TGD-MUC.

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    1. It's in Germany, a market with high demand, both for diaspora and tourism.

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    2. LH launched MUC-TIV last year.

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    3. Seasonal though

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  10. Good to see some development from Montenegro Airlines.

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    1. Nice to see all ex-Yu flag carriers adding new routes in 2020.

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    2. Considering the record tax payer money they are all getting this year it's the least they could do
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/11/all-ex-yu-carriers-to-receive-state.html

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    3. +1 last anon

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  11. Wish them good luck with their development.

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  12. Finally Fokkers becoming a history!

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    1. According to some media reports Qantas is interested in the Fokkers. I assume for spare parts for their regional fleet.

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  13. Congratulations Montenegro Airlines.

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  14. I would love if they resumed flights to PRN, INI and SKP.

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    1. Don't see them resuming any of these routes in the near future.

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  15. Good news for Montenegro airlines and the state of Montenegro. Air transport is significant for entire tourist industry and state economy

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  16. Bravo Montenegro Airlines! I hope they manage to come on the right track financially this year.

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  17. MGX should lease seasonally a widebody and start TIV-JFK flights. The market is there. They planned to do this in the 90s with a B767.

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  18. Montenegro keeps winning!

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    1. Good morning, Anon at 12:22! News are posted at 9:00 but that's too early for some.

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  19. Any chance for a rotation to Malta?

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    1. Would be nice. But that route will probably be launched by Ryanair.

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  20. Anyone know how big their debt is at the moment?

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    1. Please do some research...not really complicated...

      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2018/11/montenegro-airlines-becomes-ex-yus.html

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    2. Well when they got aid at the end of last year they said part of it would go to pay off debt. So they obviously have not paid it all off.

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  21. Good to see extra frequencies to key markets for them - Serbia and Russia. Surprised flights to Slovenia are doing so well.

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    1. Nice to see new route and charters.

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    2. Slovenija was always a surprise and apparently needing more and more demand.
      Take TK boost, IB and BA, etc, etc
      I am not surprised at all that YM will go daily.

      Very very nice afternoon schedule from TGD allowing room for transfer flights, too.

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  22. Given the fleet size, the population of the country, the existence of other major players in the market and such, we should agree that YM has a decent network coverage.

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    1. +100

      Plus their Embraer fleet is approx. 10 years old making it one of the youngest in the region.
      What is more is that their network is 95% primary airports.

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