Montenegro Airlines ends – half of routes now unserved

Montenegro Airlines ends – half of routes now unserved (2)

Tivat was to have over four in ten of Montenegro Airlines’ seats this year.  Of course, it was this airport that was primarily responsible for the carrier’s high system seasonality, with the peak month (August) expected to have three times as many seats as the lowest (February).

Montenegro Airlines ceased operating on 26 December.  Had it continued, it was scheduled to operate 20 routes this year from both Podgorica and Tivat.

Podgorica would have 11 routes from the capital, Podgorica.  In order of seat capacity: Belgrade; Paris CDG; Ljubljana; Frankfurt; Zurich; Vienna; Rome Fiumicino; Kyiv Boryspil; Prague; Copenhagen; and Lisbon.

Not surprisingly, Belgrade was by far the top route for Montenegro Airlines, both from Podgorica and in total. 

Almost 137,000 seats were scheduled on the 286-kilometre, 45-minute hop, although it was likely to increase further as the year’s schedules were not finalised.  It would have had more than one-quarter of its total capacity.

The airline was also to have nine routes from Tivat: Belgrade; Moscow Domodedovo; St Petersburg; Leipzig; London Gatwick; Istanbul; Hannover; Düsseldorf; and Lyon.

Montenegro Airlines ends – half of routes now unserved

Montenegro Airlines routes that are now unserved. Red = from Podgorica; yellow = from Tivat.

Montenegro Airlines routes now unserved; who’ll take them up?

Only half of Montenegro Airlines’ routes are scheduled to be operated by another carrier this year, with ten remaining unserved. 

Update: since publication this morning, it seems that a new airline, ToMontenegro, will be launched by the government.  It is very likely to take over some, if not all, of the routes.

In order of filed capacity with OAG, Montenegro Airlines now unserved routes from Podgorica are:

  • Copenhagen: was to be operated June to October; up to twice-weekly
  • Frankfurt: year-round; up to four-weekly
  • Lisbon: June to September; twice-weekly
  • Ljubljana: year-round; up to four-weekly
  • Paris CDG: year-round; up to five-weekly
  • Prague: May to October; up to twice-weekly

From Tivat:

  • Hannover: April to October; twice-weekly
  • Istanbul: May to October; twice-weekly
  • Leipzig: March to October; up to twice-weekly
  • Lyon: April to October; once-weekly

One route, Podgorica – Zurich, was to be served year-round by the carrier, with up to four weekly services in the peak summer. 

It would also have been unserved, but chair is to begin it from 1 April – no joke – on an initial three-weekly basis, rising to four-weekly from 4 May.


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