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Delta Airlines announces a brand-new route to Croatia

Delta Airlines has announced a brand-new route to Dubrovnik in Croatia for Summer season as the European country is now open for Americans.

4-times-a-week to Dubrovnik

Starting 2nd July 2021, Delta Airlines will start flying between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Dubrovnik. This 4-times-a-week service will mark Delta’s first-ever nonstop service to Dubrovnik.

Flight schedule of New York-Dubrovnik-New York route:

  • New York-Dubrovnik
  • Departure time: 19:30
  • Arrival time: 10:45
  • Flight time: 9 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: DL184
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Dubrovnik-New York
  • Departure time: 13:00
  • Arrival time: 17:15
  • Flight time: 10 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: DL185
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Delta Airlines will deploy a 226-seater Boeing B767-300ER aircraft featuring 26 business class seats, 35 Comfort+ extra-legroom seats and 165 standard economy seats for the 4,512 mile route.

The seasonal service is Dubrovnik is scheduled to end on 3rd October 2021, though it could get extended depending on demand and other factors. Delta states that travellers from 44 cities in the United States can connect to Dubrovnik via New York-JFK.

Croatia is now open for travellers

Croatia reopened for tourism to select travellers at the beginning of April. In addition to providing proof of accommodation paid in full in advance of arrival, tourists must also present either a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 48 hours before arrival, a vaccination certificate showing fully vaccinated status or a certificate confirming recovery from a recent COVID-19 infection.

Entry policies are always subject to change between now and 2nd July, and the U.S. Embassy in Croatia notes that the Croatian Border Police have final authority regarding entry into Croatia.

Not the only airline serving the route

Delta’s announcement to launch flights to Dubrovnik in Croatia comes just days after United announced the exact same route. United will fly 3-times-a-week to Dubrovnik starting 8th July through 3rd October using 214-seated Boeing B767-300ER.

Delta will beat United to becoming the first U.S. airline to start serving Croatia this summer.

Joe Esposito, Senior Vice President of Network Planning, Delta airlines, said:

Customers are at the center of everything we do, including where we fly, and the addition of a new outdoor-friendly destination is another sign of the surge in demand we’re seeing. More countries are easing restrictions for vaccinated travelers, and we’re ready to help reconnect people to their lives and loved ones.

Nikolina Brnjac, Tourism Minister of Croatia, said:

We are extremely pleased with the decision of Delta Air Lines to establish the NY-Dubrovnik route this summer. Croatia has been open to U.S. tourists since the beginning of April, with proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative PCR or antigen test and booking confirmation. Our national Safe Stay in Croatia label ensures the highest epidemiological standards for tourists and we look forward to welcoming back American tourists very soon.

Croatia joins recently announced new and expanded Delta routes to Greece and Iceland from multiple gateways across the U.S. (United is also adding new routes to the aforementioned countries.)

For those looking to stay within the U.S. this summer, Delta has significantly expanded flights to Alaska, mountain destinations in the West and beaches in the south.

Meanwhile, Delta airlines has announced that it will launch Portland-Seoul route in Fall 2021.

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