Dubrovnik is now connected directly with the US as United Airlines landed for the first time this year, making Dubrovnik the only Croatian airport with direct transatlantic flights from the US.
United Airlines landed at Dubrovnik Airport on Friday on a direct route from New York with 214 passengers on board, and this is the first time since 1991 that a Croatian city has had direct flights from New York.
The director of Dubrovnik Airport, Frano Luetić, emphasized the positive news of direct flights to Dubrovnik. “We had an American Airlines line in 2019 directly from Philadelphia, but a pandemic ensued. In a record time, we accepted all UA standards and procedures through last month's trainings. This line is a huge advertisement for the tourism sector, and we certainly assist in the economic recovery to be as fast as possible. Dubrovnik will be connected with the United States four times a week until October. I hope that the line will remain in the coming years and that it will have excellent results,” said Luetić and added that sales for UA flights are going very well.
United Airlines Vice President for new airlines development, Patrick Quayle, pointed out that this is the first UA flight to Croatia.
"Croatia was the first in Europe to open up to the United States and that was the biggest motivation. This line will also make it easier for Croats to travel to the United States, via Newark Airport to 65 other destinations across the United States, but the line will primarily help bring tourists and 'tourist dollars' to Croatia," Quayle said.
The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, pointed out that a direct flight to New York would be considered a success even in normal times, let alone with the pandemic.
"At a time when there is still a health crisis, this is a great success, with the desire to continue even stronger cooperation. This is a brave move by the UA administration and they chose the best. We will ensure all guests a safe stay in the destination. Over 90 percent of tourism workers have been vaccinated. We are especially happy to have two airlines landing directly in Dubrovnik, since Delta Air Lines will arrive on July 3,” said Franković.
And the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, thanked everyone who participated in the joint venture. "We want to turn this seasonal line into a year-round one. I believe that this will be a long-term cooperation, but also a magnet for other airlines that will fly to other Croatian airports,” said Stanicic.