|Potential New York - Dubrovnik flights on the horizon|
US charter carrier National Airlines has expressed interest to launch flights from New York to Dubrovnik next summer season. The news comes following the recent World Route Development Forum in Chicago which brought together a wide range of airlines, airports and tourism and civil aviation authorities who wished to meet, plan and conduct business for new global routes. Frano Luetić, Dubrovnik Airport’s Commercial Manager and Deputy Director General, confirmed that National Airlines is interested in launching nonstop charter flights between the States and Dubrovnik in 2016. The airline has two Boeing 757-200s in its fleet, which have the capacity to seat 239 passengers.
US tourists now rank fifth by visits to Dubrovnik and future flights from the United States could prove popular. Only recently, American Airlines began codesharing on Iberia flights from Madrid to Dubrovnik over the summer while US Airways added its codes on British Airways flights from London. During the 1980s, Pan Am operated summer services from the States to the seaside city. Mr. Luetić says it is now up to National Airlines to decide whether it will inaugurate transatlantic flights to Dubrovnik, adding that future operations will depend on a range of circumstances, primarily in the tourism sector. Dubrovnik Airport is no stranger to long haul charter flights. Japan Airlines has been operating summer charters to the city for several years. In 2013, a Chinese carrier expressed interest to fly to Dubrovnik but in the end these flights did not materialise.
|Pan Am in Dubrovnik, 1980s|
The recent World Route Development Forum proved successful for Dubrovnik Airport with strong interest shown by airlines. Edelweiss, Brussels Airlines, airBaltic and SunExpress have all confirmed flights to the seaside city next summer. Edelweiss and Brussels Airlines will operate two weekly flights from Zurich and Brussels respectively. airBaltic will run two weekly services from Riga to Dubrovnik, while SunExpress will maintain one weekly flight from Leipzig. As EX-YU Aviation News learns, Aegean Airlines will launch seasonal flights from Athens to Dubrovnik from June 18. Currently, Croatia Airlines maintains the route three times per week during the summer months.