TUI unveils major Montenegro expansion
Tour operator TUI and its affiliated airlines will launch seven new routes from the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands to Montenegro next summer. Apart from the previously announced new seasonal summer flights from Birmingham, Manchester and London Gatwick to Podgorica, which will be operated by TUIfly starting mid-May 2018, the leisure company has now announced the introduction of flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle, Lyon and Nantes to the Montenegrin capital. Furthermore, it will commence services from Eindhoven to Tivat. The development comes following recent talks between TUI Group executive Board Member, David Burling, and the Montenegrin Prime Minister, Duško Marković. “The arrival of TUI in Montenegro is an honour for us, but also a challenge. TUI is the global leader in tourism, which is a privilege for every country. It is up to us to make something out of it”, Mr Marković said.
TUIfly will commence flights from Paris to Podgorica on April 22, competing directly against Montenegro Airlines on the route. The leisure carrier will maintain one weekly flight between the two capitals with its Boeing 737-800 aircraft until October 14. Furthermore, it will launch a one weekly service from Lyon on May 12, which will be run with a B737-800 until October 13. Finally, the airline will introduce a one weekly flight from Nantes to Podgorica with the B737-700. The return service will be maintained via Dubrovnik, however, TUI does not hold fifth freedom rights between the two cities and will be unable to sell tickets on the sector. These services will operate until October 11.
The TUI Group has said it is planning on introducing even more routes to Montenegro in the foreseeable future, with new services from Belgium, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Russia and Poland. The TUIfly flights and tour packages to Podgorica and the coast mark the travel giant’s first major expansion on the Montenegrin market since the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. Podgorica Airport, which has handled over one million passengers so far this year, anticipates for growth to continue in 2018. Apart from the TUI operations, several airlines have already announced new routes to and from the city next year, including Montenegro Airlines and Wizz Air, while others, such as Aegean Airlines, will boost frequencies on existing services.
|Paris – Podgorica||22.04.2018|
|Eindhoven – Tivat||11.05.2018|
|Lyon – Podgorica||12.05.2018|
|Birmingham – Podgorica||16.05.2018|
|Manchester – Podgorica||20.05.2018|
|London Gatwick – Podgorica||23.05.2018|
|Nantes – Podgorica||24.05.2018|