Ljubljana, 06 November (STA) - GoOpti, a company providing shared and private transfers to airports and between towns, is entering the Balkans. After expanding its business in Croatia this summer, it is now entering the Albanian and Montenegrin markets.
In Montenegro, GoOpti will offer connections between the airports in Podgorica and Tivat, and the towns of Budva, Tivat, Kotor, Bar and Podgorica.
According to the head of the franchise in Montenegro, Andrija Brajković, this is an "excellent opportunity to fill in an important gap in transport to near-by airports in the region".
He sees a lot of potential for further growth and expects a major increase in operations in the spring, when GoOpti sets up "optimised group transport on all of our routes".
The entrance to Albania has been assessed as successful as well. "The response of passengers in Tirana is extremely positive, and the demand for transport has been rising at a surprising pace," said the head of the Albanian franchise, Olger Hasa.
GoOpti is primarily a platform combining transport companies with passengers.
GoOpti shuttle currently operates in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia and has 17 franchises, which are transport companies, of which some hire subcontractors, so in total the network consists of 75 transport companies, offering 460 vehicles, and they range from bus operators to railway and taxi operators from around the world.
Through its partners, GoOpti offers transport to more than 400 airports in 100 countries, mostly in Europe, both Americas and Asia.
Last year it transported more than 382,000 passengers and more than 1.7 million since its foundation almost eight years ago. The company currently records a 15% annual growth.
Last year, sales revenue topped EUR 10.7 million, but the group is not profitable yet. It should reach this goal in 2020.