This most challenging tourist year, Croatia has never become more connected with America. United Airlines, Pragus.One and Delta Air Lines will directly connect the USA to Croatia, more precisely to Dubrovnik.
Exactly two American airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, are launching their seasonal routes from New York to Dubrovnik this week, earlier than first announced.
The first, inaugural flight of United Airlines will take off on Thursday, July 01, while Delta Air Lines will perform the inaugural flight to Dubrovnik a day later.
The new Delta Air Lines will operate four times a week between John F. Keneedy Airport (JFK) in New York and Dubrovnik Airport. Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 226 seats will fly to Croatia, and according to the flight program, they will land in Dubrovnik through July, August and September, on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, expressed his satisfaction with the introduction of the airline, which, according to him, opens a new page for Dubrovnik tourism. “After more than 30 years, Dubrovnik will receive a direct line from New York, which will enable many Americans to come to our city without a transfer, but will also bring New York closer to many of our fellow citizens. How important it is that this week even two different companies connect Dubrovnik with the USA, all media should write about it. Because at a time of pandemic and uncertainty and the fact that the pandemic is still present in the world population, there are companies that are interested in our city and our country, and I am especially glad that it is the US market”Said Franković and emphasized that he hopes that the line will remain in the future and be extended for several months and that in the end it will become a year-round line.
Before the pandemic, the number of American tourists in Croatia was on the rise, with more than 550,000 visitors in 2018 - 23% more than in 2017, according to the Croatian Ministry of Tourism. The Central Bureau of Statistics reported that 10% of Dubrovnik's visitors are from the United States, its second largest market, after the British market.
Airport Director Frano Luetić he pointed out that guests from the USA have so far had to chair Croatia and Dubrovnik.
"Although we had a lot of tourists from the US, they had to come indirectly, they used major airports in Europe such as Frankfurt, Zurich, London, Rome, etc. to get to Dubrovnik, which in today's air traffic, which is more and more developed every day, it is not pleasant for passengers. This also created long travel times for them, waiting at airports for transfers, and such tickets are even more expensive.", Said director Luetic.
With the establishment of Delta flights to Dubrovnik, 60 new jobs were created, he said Delta Air Lines Regional Sales Manager Thomas Brandt and added that they are proud to support Croatia's tourism recovery, while at the same time providing a safe travel environment in line with the country's requirement for proof of vaccination or a negative test for all passengers before boarding the flight.
By the way, before the global pandemic, Delta Air Lines carried about 200 million passengers each year to more than 300 destinations in 50 countries. Delta Air Lines is also the leading transatlantic airline with a network in 33 cities in 19 European countries, and is now arriving in Croatia for the first time.
Photo: Delta Air Lines
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