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Trip Report: Tivat

Thu Apr 06, 2000 12:28 am

Dear friends, although I haven't use the airplane to get to Tivat, I have a lot of things to say about aviation at Tivat Airport in Montenegro.

The Airport is in a pretty good shape but with very low traffic. The only airplanes I saw were the ones from JAT opertaing Belgrade and an ATR72 from Air Srpska leased from JAT. As I said the traffic is not heavy, only a few planes a day BUT a unique occasion to see the JAT's B727 in action so close. Above the 727 Jat operates DC9 ( I saw only one in two weeks there) the 737 and the ATR72. Due to the bad weather conditions the use to land in a "old way" above the city just near my house. It was such a pleasure seeing those planes, and I repeat especially the 727. It looks so heavy, elegant and VERY noisy but a nice plane. Except for one B733 all aircrafts were plain white (due to frequent leaseeing) and that was the boring thing. Now JAT is full of hope because they restart European services. Wish them luuck.

Montenegro Airlines operates the winter season exclusevly from Podgorica so no Fokker's at Tivat. Just a Citation X of the President Mr. Milo Djukonavic, brand new and shiny parked.

Thank's for reading.

Savo, Salerno, Italia

RE: Trip Report: Tivat

Thu Apr 06, 2000 2:17 am


what happened with Montenegro Airlines' plan to introduce scheduled service JFK-Tivat on leased B762s?

Is Tivat airport certified for 767 class (B?) aircaft? I once heard that JAT landed DC-10, but I never really knew if it was true.

It is a nice airport indeed; long time ago, I flew out of there in DC9-32 and I still remember very steep climb over the gulf area, westbound. I'm sure you know what the thrill it is.

RE: Trip Report: Tivat

Thu Apr 06, 2000 2:40 am

Zdravo, as they say in the Balkans (well in Macedonia, anyway). Great to hear about aviation from that part of the world, which is meant to have some beautiful coastlines. I remember seeing JAT at LHR in the early 90's.

So is Montenegro independent, or under Belgrade? Shame the traffic is so low, it must be because of lack of foreign investment. Do Croatia Airlines fly there? That's the only Balkan airline I've flown on, to Zagreb. My mother has been to Mont., although she works for the UNHCR. Did you see any UN aircraft?

Thanks for the report,
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RE: Trip Report: Tivat

Thu Apr 06, 2000 4:07 pm

First thing that I know is that Tivat airport is certified for wide bodied airplanes. I suppose that because Sabena use to fly A310, Condor A300, Aeroflot il86 and JAT DC10. The last one is a regular visitor even now becuse JAT keep it flying for certification and practicing purpose. It is a good sight seeing those lovely big birds there especially when they landed from the gulf of Tivat (procedure discard becuse of the nearby Crotian air border). It was really nice when Tivat had over 40 flights for day and when it was connected with all the world.

Secondly Montenegro Airlines had the State Department autorization for Tivat JFK scheduled service but due to the Kosovo bombing all this thing was postponed to better times. They operate two F28 and are lookig for fleet expansion. I know that bouth Airbus and Boeing contacted them but is more likely that they will find some used B733 or B734 for the first time.

Third, Montenegro is not indipendend but in every effect is a separate country from Serbia. Own President, Parlament, currency, Custom and Commerce, but this is not very suitable to Mr. Milosevic and I'm afraid that he wold very soon start another War there( must be the 6th or 7th in the last 10 yrs.). No UNHCR airplanes but a lot of truck passing on the road. Croatia Airlines do not operate Montenegro. They are based to Dubrovnik which is some 50km from Tivat. Only Adria use to fly to Tivat in those dark days but the Belgrade administration forbidden that flight. Now Montenegro Airlines operates Ljubljana regularly.

Thanks Again for the patience in reeeding my toughts.


Savo, Salerno, ITALIA
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More News From Tivat

Fri Apr 07, 2000 5:31 pm

A friend of mine told me that for the summer season over JAT and Montenegro Airlines, Aero-LLoyd, Adria, Ficher, ARKIA, Aeroflot and maybe some other airlines consider Tivat as a possible destination from June to Sep.


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