The Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate has informed Montenegro Airlines that its right to land on Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport had been suspended, according to Montenegrin national flag carrier Montenegro Airlines’s announcement, broadcast by the RTS public service on Wednesday (27 May).
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“Montenegro Airlines faces a struggle for a more rapid and better connection of Montenegro with all European destinations and this is a goal we are dedicated to. The field of our operation should not depend on political decisions. Regardless of this unexpected decision by Belgrade, Serbia certainly remains a part of our transportation plans and we will try to contribute to alleviating the economic consequences of COVID-19 as soon as possible,” the announcement said.
Earlier, the daily Blic reported that the Civil Aviation Directorate had decided, based on the reciprocity principle, to ban the landing of Montenegro Airlines planes at Belgrade airport. According to a decision seen by Blic, Serbian citizens are prevented from entering Montenegro.
“As opposed to that, in accordance with the decision amending and changing the decision on declaring the COVID-19 infection caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus, restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals, including those from Montenegro, in Serbia have been lifted,” the Civil Aviation Directorate explanation stated.