American Airlines have announced that from next year flights to Dubrovnik will be upgraded to daily flights.
After a 28-year break American Airlines connected Croatia and the US this year with direct flights from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik originally with three flights a week. Due to demand from passengers the largest American airline later decided to add an additional weekly flight in September, bringing the number of non-stop flights to four a week. However, it would seem that the airline sees further potential and will from 2020 make these operations weekly.
On Thursday the Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning for American Airlines, Vasu Raja, stated in an interview for the popular American travel website thepointsguy.com that “the carrier will return to Dubrovnik on a daily basis from Philadelphia in 2020, expanding service from just several weekly flights.”
Although the 2020 American flight schedule has yet to be officially released it would appear from this statement that Dubrovnik can expect daily flights from Philadelphia next season. There is no indication as to when the flights would start operating, although it can be assumed that it will similar as this year, the beginning of June.
Scenes as first American Airlines flight lands at Dubrovnik Airport this year - Photo Bozo Radic
When the flights were announced last year the vice president of Philadelphia operations for American Airlines, Jim Moses, stated that “Dubrovnik has been a place of interest for several years. It has grown in popularity among U.S. travellers, but remained unserved by U.S. airlines. American Airlines saw an opportunity to fill that gap.”
American tourists are the second most numerous in Dubrovnik this season. According to information from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board there has been a boom in the number of US travellers visiting Dubrovnik. Since the beginning of the year to the end of July just over 90,000 Americans visited the city which is a massive 17 percent increase over the same period form last year. And they have achieved a whopping 252,517 overnight stays, again an increase of 17 percent when compared with the same period from 2018.