Montenegro Airlines is set to launch flights from Podgorica to Zagreb this June, signalling the start of its cooperation with Croatia Airlines. The Montenegrin carrier will operate three weekly year-long flights to the Croatian capital, with an early morning departure from Podgorica and an afternoon return service from Zagreb. This will allow Montenegro Airlines to feed Croatia Airlines’ network, connecting onto the latter’s flights to Brussels, Copenhagen, Munich and Amsterdam. Montenegro Airlines’ CEO, Daliborka Pejović, says her airline will establish a codeshare partnership with its Croatian counterpart on the above-mentioned routes. “Preparations for this service launch come as a result of serious talks between us and Croatia Airlines, with whom we want to establish successful, long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation”, Ms. Pejović says.
According to Montenegro Airlines, the new service will result in improved connectivity between the two neighbouring countries, as well as an expansion on the market, which both carriers are working towards. Croatia Airlines will provide logistical support for the new route, while Montenegro Airlines has been offered incentives from Zagreb Airport, such as service discounts, in order to kick-start the new service. The Montenegrin carrier faces no competition on the route. Croatia Airlines suspended its three weekly flights between the two capital cities back in 2013 due to low demand. Montenegro Airlines becomes the fourth airline to announce new flights to Zagreb this year, following Air Croatia, Swiss International Air Lines and Brussels Airlines.
Montenegro Airlines’ CEO believes the new route to Zagreb and the carrier’s cooperation with its Croatian counterpart will assist it in better positioning the carrier against increased competition. “Despite the strong competition from 47 airlines operating flights to our airports, Montenegro Airlines still holds a 40% passenger share of all arrivals and departures in the country. It can be concluded that in spite of growing competition, Montenegro Airlines has managed to maintain its position due to its diverse approach to business and a well developed route network”, Ms. Pejović says.
Source : balkans.com –