Clipped Wings: Low-Costs Departure Leaves Balkan Tourism Grounded


Low-cost airline companies are suspending flights to some regional countries, citing excessive fees – but in others, the boom in ‘cheap’ flights shows no sign of slowing down.

Traveling for studies in the United Kingdom for Hana from Montenegro could be more complicated from October, after two low-cost companies announced they would suspend flights from the country’s capital, Podgorica.

On July 1, Irish low-cost giant Ryanair announced it will suspend its routes from Montenegro to Manchester, Barcelona and Zagreb in winter, while the number of flights from the country to Berlin and Krakow in Poland would be cut to twice a week.

Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air announced it was terminating services connecting Podgorica to Vienna, Rome, Poland and London.

Both companies suspended flights after Podgorica Airport increased its fees from 1.75 euros per departing passenger to 3.25 euros.

“Now I will have to fly to the nearest airport in Albania, at Tirana, and then travel [home] three more hours by car to Podgorica. It will make my frequent travels more demanding. But due to other airline companies’ [high] prices, it’s the only way,” Hana told BIRN.

Source : Balkaninsight