The direct flights between Dubrovnik and Philadelphia that were introduced only last summer season are hanging in the balance as American Airlines plans to announce the future for this air connection next week. According to an article on EX-YU Aviation the final decision on the future of flights will be given on the 5th of April.
American Airlines has slightly adjusted their flight timetable for Dubrovnik, with the first flight which was expected on the 1st of June move until the 4th of June. However, at this point, and taking into account the current coronavirus situation in the US, even this new date looks optimistic. The airline has also shortened the flying schedule by a week with the last flight now planned for the 18th of October.
EX-YU Aviation stated that last year American Airlines “handled 17.782 passengers during its four-month service run last year, with an average cabin load factor of 83 percent.”
Dubrovnik Airport is still closed, and indeed the first case of COVID-19 in the wider Dubrovnik region was uncovered with an employee of the airport. The airport, the southernmost in Croatia, has however announced that they will reopen their doors on the 14th of April.
The flights to Dubrovnik from Philadelphia proved extremely popular last summer season, so much so that American visitors were the second most numerous in the city after British tourists. And there were high hopes that 2020 would be even better with American Airlines announcing not only an extended flight schedule but also daily flights from Philadelphia. Now these flights, and Croatia’s only direct connection with the US, hang in the balance with a decision to come in a few days. There is some hope that American Airlines will slide their opening flight back one month, meaning flights in July, but in these challenging times airlines and indeed all companies involved in the travel business are having to react to countries in lockdown.