Ryanair set to open Montenegro routes

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Budget carrier Ryanair is set to begin services to Montenegro after a preliminary agreement with the government of the former Yugoslav state.

The Montenegrin government says it has "adopted a draft model of co-operation" with the low-fare airline, under which it will be able to begin flights in June.

It adds that the government and the authority responsible for the country's airports have agreed the basis for a contract covering the period 2012-15.

Under this agreement Ryanair would be allowed to operate services for eight months of the year, covering the summer period from March to October.

"The number of flights will increase in the following years," says the government.

While the government has not identified specific routes, the main airports in Montenegro are located at Podgorica, the capital, and the city of Tivat. It says that flights will connect with the "most important centres" in Central and Western Europe.