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Podgorica Airport

Podgorica Airport
Airport information
 Location of airport in Montenegro
Airport typePublic
OperatorAerodromi Crne Gore - Airports of Montenegro
ServesPodgorica, Montenegro
LocationGolubovci, Montenegro
Elevation43 m (141 ft)

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Podgorica Airport (Montenegrin: Аеродром Подгорица, Aerodrom Podgorica, -shpɔ̌dgɔrit͡sapron) is an international airport located 11 km (7 miles) south of Podgorica, Montenegro. It is the main hub for Montenegro Airlines.

It is one of two public airports in Montenegro, the other being Tivat Airport. Both are operated by the state-owned company Airports of Montenegro (Аеродроми Црне Горе, Aerodromi Crne Gore). The airport is sometimes called Golubovci Airport by the locals, as the town of Golubovci is in close proximity. Airports Council International awarded Podgorica the best airport under 1 million passengers in 2007.

The IATA code of the airport is still TGD because Podgorica was named Titograd (after Josip Broz Tito) from 1946 to 1992, during which time the airport opened.

The airport handles domestic flights within Montenegro as well as international flights. As Montenegro's two main airports are merely 80 km apart, there are no regular passenger domestic flights. Domestic flights have been reduced to charter flights and general aviation, and all scheduled traffic is international.

There are daily scheduled flights to various European destinations. During the summer season, there are many charter flights and air connections to various major cities in the world. The flight to Belgrade airport has traditionally accounted for majority of the traffic at the airport, but the percentage is decreasing.

VIP and taxi airlines Vektra Aviation, Di Air and OKI Air are based at the airport. Serbian VIP airlines Air Pink and Prince Aviation also use the airport.

Podgorica Airport served 538,477 passengers in 2008. However, due to global economic downturn, passenger numbers declined to 450,504 in 2009. In 2010, strong growth was recorded, so numbers passed the 600,000 mark.

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