New Ryanair Flights to Montenegro Welcomed by Developers
Budget airline Ryanair announced its first route from London Stansted to the capital of Montenegro- Podgorica, and new flights to Tivat from several European destinations from Tuesday 1 April 2014. News of the first ever budget airline to bring visitors to the Adriatic country was welcomed by developers such as Boka Group who are building the Royal Montenegro Golf Course and residential development and Sea Breeze, a villa development near Tivat.
The new route from Stansted to Podgorica will fly twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is initially being offered from £69.98 return. Podgorica is just 80 minutes’ drive from the coastal resorts and Kotor Bay where the majority of tourists head. At the moment most visitors fly to Dubrovnik, just across the border in Croatia or in the summer months (April to October) to Tivat with Montenegro Airlines on their twice weekly service from Gatwick.
Ryanair will launch additional new services from Milan, Barcelona, Oslo and Stockholm to Montenegro’s coastal Airport in Tivat in 2014, further increasing the number of visitors to the country.
John Kennedy, the founder of Boka Group, the first western private equity fund to enter the Montenegro market and the founder shareholder and director of Porto Montenegro’s holding company, Adriatic Marinas says: “The growing air bridge to Montenegro from both established and new destinations is fantastic news for the growing second homes market, and with it comes a knock-on effect in terms of lettings potential for home owners.
“The timing coincides with a number of new developments, including our Royal Montenegro Golf and Country Club, now under construction. It means that new facilities, such as this first golf course on the eastern shores of the Adriatic will be able to gain visitors from a diversified market base.
“Ryanair’s new service will add to the capacity, opening new routes from Milan, Barcelona, Oslo and Stockholm, all of which will fly direct into Tivat airport, just two minutes from Royal Montenegro Golf & Country Club. Our visitors can touch down and be driven by golf buggy direct to their villas or rooms.”
“This is a critical moment for the expansion of high end tourism in Montenegro; we started with a blank canvas and the core challenge, which comes first- facility or air-bridge. But with some of Europe’s most exclusive resorts and developments now open, this starburst in terms of direct access destinations is the point at which Montenegro will start to take advantage of a diverse regular and reliable feed of tourists from all corners of the continent. The country is now not just desirable, but simple and quick to get to.”
Renowned for its stunning scenery of medieval villages, mountainous terrain, emerald lakes and sandy beaches, Montenegro has been predicted to have the fastest growing tourism in the World over the next ten years by the WTTC.
Photo Captions: L-R Visual of the planned Royal Montenegro Golf & Country Club, Sveti Stefan Island and new residential and commercial development adjacent to the Royal Montenegro Golf & Country Club.
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