Meanwhile, Djurišić has requested the Montenegrin Government to punish those responsible at the national judiciary and the police department who have lead a 4 year investigation against him on assumption of corruption. Djurišić was accused of signing damaging deals with an Albanian airline for the lease of a Fokker jet and suspicious business dealings relating to the unsuccessful launch of the airline’s Serbian subsidiary, Master Airways. According to the judiciary, such actions cost Montenegro Airlines some 10 million Euros. No charges have ever been laid against Djurišić, who is a member of the ruling party in the Montenegrin Government, as is the case with most CEOs of national carriers in the former Yugoslavia.
Despite the recent bad press, Montenegro Airlines is set to benefit from a bumper tourist season. The airline carried some 20.000 passengers in the past two weeks, with the most popular services being those from Paris and Moscow.