American Airlines to start direct flights to Croatia

Boeing 767 American Airlines Photo by Aero Icarus/Flickr

American Airlines announced yesterday it will introduce seasonal summer flights from Philadelphia Airport (PHL) to Dubrovnik (DBV) next year.

Dubrovnik will be a new destination as a part of company’s expansion of its European network. Two more destinations are part of this expansion from Philadelphia (PHL): Berlin-Tegel (TXL) and Bologna Airport (BLQ). These seasonal flights will be operated June through September on Boeing 767 aircraft, featuring lie-flat business class seats, Cole Haan amenity kits and chef-designed meals with award-winning wines.

This service marks the first scheduled service between United States and Croatia. As part of former Yugoslavia both JAT (Yugoslav Airlines) and Pan Am maintained seasonal flights between New York and Dubrovnik, and this announcement continues the tradition of long-haul flights between two countries. Philadelphia counts the biggest Croatian diaspora in the United States according to the American Community Survey.

This summer, American launched seasonal service from PHL to Budapest Airport (BUD) and Prague Airport (PRG), as well as from ORD to Venice Airport (VCE) and from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Keflavik Airport (KEF), all of which will operate through the end of October and return in 2019.

American will also add a new nonstop flight from Phoenix-Sky Harbor (PHX) to London-Heathrow (LHR), complementing existing service from PHX provided by Atlantic Joint Business partner British Airways. With the addition of American’s PHX–LHR service, American and British Airways together will operate more than 70 flights per day to London from North America.

— American Airlines/Ex-Yu Aviation News