American Airlines Boosting Operations to Dubrovnik for 2020

Daniela Rogulj

As many of you are already aware, American Airlines connected Croatia and the United States for the first time in 28 years this year. Namely, the Oneworld member began seasonal operations between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik from June 7, which will run until September 27, 2019. The American Airlines service operates using a 209-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with a capacity of 28 seats in business class and 181 seats in economy class, and Wi-Fi services are available throughout the entire flight.

After the airline already boosted operations this year to add a fourth weekly flight on Sundays in September, it looks like the airline has no signs of slowing down for next year. 

Namely, Ex Yu Aviation reports that American Airlines has announced that it will boost operations between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik for the 2020 summer season – and while there is no flight schedule announced yet, the airline’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning, Vasu Raja, said that there would be a daily increase on the service.  The service is also expected to run longer next year. 

However, this news should come as no surprise. American Airlines’ Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Sales, Tom Lattig, said back in April that there could even be additional flights next year. 

“Wherever we see opportunities and demand, we’ll go. As with the opening of our Dubrovnik – Philadelphia line, we are very specific about demand. Central Europe has the greatest growth potential. We are preparing to add more and more new links. We want to continue to lead the market. We will look closely at the results for the first year of operations. We are always looking at new opportunities to grow our network to ensure we offer service to where our customers wish to go,” Lattig said. 

Furthermore, the head of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlašić, also teased the idea. 

“This pilot project from American Airlines will grow over the coming years to include more American cities as well as new airlines. We have been working intensively on the US market for years and it seems that this work is starting to bear fruit”.

Once American Airlines announces its 2020 summer flight schedule, we’ll know exactly how the airline plans to increase operations. 

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