March 22, 2022 – Air Montenegro flights to France
Air Montenegro is expanding its operations this coming summer season with the launch of three new routes, all of which are on the French market.
Air Montenegro flights to France The carrier will introduce three weekly rotations from Podgorica to Paris and one weekly service to both Lyon and Nantes. Flights to the French capital and Lyon will commence on April 9, while operations to Nantes will be inaugurated on May 7. As recently reported, the carrier also plans to increase frequencies across its network. Air Montenegro will up operations from both Podgorica and Tivat to Belgrade in order to offer several daily flights, while an additional weekly rotation will be introduced from Tivat to both Ljubljana and Banja Luka, with four and three weekly services to be maintained respectively. Furthermore, the airline will run daily flights between Tivat and Istanbul.
Air Montenegro faces no direct competition on any of its new routes. Paris and Lyon were both previously served by the former national carrier Montenegro Airlines.
Air Montenegro flights to France – the airline initially planned to introduce Lyon to its network for a limited time between September and October of last year, however, it suspended ticket sales several weeks before the route’s launch. This summer will also see Air Serbia introduce operations to Lyon. The carrier has said the new route will offer “seamless connections to cities such as Podgorica and Tivat”.
The Montenegrin carrier plans to grow its fleet this summer by up to two aircraft. The Montenegrin government has confirmed plans it will acquire an Embraer E195 aircraft for the state carrier. The jet, registered 40-AOC, is owned by the Brazilian BNDS bank and was previously operated by Montenegro Airlines.
The aircraft has been grounded since December 26, 2020. Initially, Air Montenegro was to acquire the jet itself, however, informed the state last December it did not have sufficient finances to do so. Air Montenegro also plans to dry lease a larger jet, from either the Airbus A320-family or the Boeing 737 family this April, at the earliest, for a period of between three and eight years. The carrier currently boasts a fleet of two E195s.