An American Airlines Boeing 767-300 with 197 passengers landed at the Dubrovnik airport this morning. This is the first of a regular line from June to September that will connect Philadelphia and Dubrovnik three times a week. During September there will be four flights per week. This is the first regular direct flight from the USA since Croatia gained independence.
The General Director of the Dubrovnik Airport, Frano Luetić recalled that the line was in effect from 1961 and in the seventies charter flights were arriving from the USA.
“After opening the Croatia hotel in Cavtat, the number of charters, and thus the number of American guests, increased. At the end of that decade the former JAT airline connected Dubrovnik with New York and Chicago, while in April 1983, the first PAN AM flight arrived, before Athens or Istanbul. Unfortunately, in 1991 PAN Am went into bankruptcy while we had the Homeland War,” said Luetić.
American Airlines Director of Operations for Europe, Richard Muise, noted that Dubrovnik has proven to be a very interesting destination for Americans, while travellers from Croatia to Philadelphia will be connected to around 70 other destinations in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
“The line offers more than 200 seats in all price classes”, said Muise. He emphasized that the company is expanding its international network and in the past five years they have invested more than 28 billion dollars into employees, products and the fleet. He added that this is the biggest investment by an air carrier in the history of commercial air transport in that time.
Philadelphia is the biggest American hub in northeast USA with more than 420 flights daily to more than 120 destinations throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
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