Montenegro Airlines operated its last flight on Christmas Day, December 25, due to lack of support from the government.
The last flight was flight YM 103 from Belgrade to Podgorica with Embraer 195 registered as 4O-AOB. The flight was met with a farewell water cannon salute.
In a sentimental farewell gesture, the pilots on the company’s last flight to Belgrade on Friday were given permission by air controllers to make a heart-shape course in the skies.
The airline issued this statement (translated):
Dear passengers. Due to the new circumstances concerning the decision of the Montenegro government that it will not support the existence of a national airline, which is extremely negatively affecting the safety of the continuation of air traffic, we estimated that it is the level of risk that Montenegro Airlines cannot accept it. We would like to inform you that since December 26, 2020., we are suspending planned traffic completely.
The safety of passengers, crews and aircraft is the company’s priority from the establishment to today. Thank you to all our travelers for the years of trust, travel and friendship, and we apologize in advance to everyone who will have made a decision to work with MA, the next days and weeks will cause problems in organizing the journey they are or are planning to start.
Due to the situation of the global spread of coronavirus, after the session of the National Coordinating Body for Communicable Diseases, Montenegro Airlines announces that all flights of the national carrier have been canceled, including the flights scheduled for April 1, 2020.
The above applies to all scheduled flights starting on the afternoon of March 16, 2020.
Montenengro Airlines (Tivat) is planning to add two twice-weekly Embraer 195 routes from Tivat to both Leipzig/Halle and Munich starting on May 3, 2018.
Montenegro Airlines operates scheduled flights to Zurich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Rome, Paris, Ljubljana, Vienna, Belgrade, Moscow, Lyon, Copenhagen, London and Saint Petersburg successfully establishing an air bridge between Montenegro and Europe.
In addition to scheduled flights, the company also operate charters to many destinations, including: Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Linz, Bratislava, Nantes, Bari, Naples and others.
The Montenegro Airlines fleet consists of three Embraer 195s and two Fokker 100s.
Top Copyright Photo: Montenegro Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) 4O-AOC (msn 19000358) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 905989.
Montenegro Airlines (Podgorica) on May 16 added its first Embraer ERJ 190-100LR (4O-AOD, msn 19000665) (above) joining the three larger Embraer ERJ 195s (ERJ 190-200LRs). Montenegro is gradually phasing out its Fokker 100s with the new Embraers.
The airline commented on the arrival at the Podgorica base in Montenegro:
Podgorica – At exactly 40 minutes past one o’clock p.m. on May 18, an Embraer 190, anew plane in the Montenegro Airlines fleet, landed at the airport in Podgorica. This is the 4th aircraft of the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer in the fleet of the national carrier, and the first of the type of Embraer 190. By acquiring this plane, the national carrier has formed an impressive fleet, the youngest in the region.
Živko Banjević, Acting CEO, expressing his contentment over the arrival of aircraft, said he was proud that one of the most modern passenger planes of present-day was introduced in the national carrier’s fleet.