Free skies between US and Montenegro

Unlimited flights between United States and Montenegro made possible
The United States and Montenegro have signed an Open Skies air services agreement that will liberalise the two countries' bilateral aviation relationship. Representatives of the two governments inked the relevant documents on November 28 in Podgorica and on December 5 in Washington. The agreement allows the airlines from both countries to fly to, from and beyond the other’s territory, without restriction on how often carriers fly, the kind of aircraft they use and the prices they charge. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said at a daily press briefing recently, "This agreement will strengthen and expand our strong trade and tourism links to Montenegro, benefiting US and Montenegrin businesses and travellers by expanding opportunities for air services".

As a result of the Open Skies agreement, Montenegro Airlines, the only commercial carrier based in Montenegro has been granted unlimited flying rights to the United States. However, Montenegro Airlines does not have the aircraft, finances or network to support transatlantic flights at this moment. Unfortunately, the number of incoming tourists from the United States to Montenegro is still low. All of these factors suggest that there will be no flights between the Unites States and Montenegro anytime soon, although, this agreement has done away with any possible bureaucratic procedures if room for such flights opens in the future.

The latest attempt to set up flights between the United States and the former Yugoslavia failed in 2011 when a US tour operator suspended its planned services to Zagreb and Belgrade over the summer, an hour before the first passengers were supposed to board, as the designated airline was grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration. Priština Airport was the last to serve flights from the United States, several years ago from New York. In, August Macedonia and the United States signed the Open Skies agreement as well.


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