United Airlines Responds To Delta’s Dubrovnik Launch

United has responded to the news that Delta Air Lines is launching flights between Dubrovnik and New York by increasing frequencies on its own brand new Dubrovnik – New York route. There are three airlines planning to serve the market this summer: United, Delta, and Pragusa.One.

United Airlines Responds To Delta’s Dubrovnik Launch
United will offer four weekly flights from New York to Dubrovnik, just like Delta Air Lines. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

United ups frequencies as Delta launches flights

Less than a month after first announcing this brand new route, United has increased the frequency of its Dubrovnik – New York (EWR) flights. The increase comes shortly after Delta Air Lines announced that it too would be launching flights from New York to Dubrovnik.

United’ new schedule for the route is now as follows:

  • Flight UA385 departing Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) for Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Flight UA386 departing DBV for EWR on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

United has scheduled its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on this route, featuring 30 Polaris business class seats. Flights will run from 1th July until 2nd October.

Boeing 767-300ER
United is responding to Delta’s four-weekly Dubrovnik service, also brand new this summer. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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Delta Air Lines is also on the market

At the same time, Delta is running the following schedule:

  • Flight DL184 departing New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) for Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Flight DL185 departing DBV for JFK on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

For both Delta and United, this will be their first time ever that they fly to Croatia. Their expansion comes as Croatia announced that it would not require passengers to quarantine on arrival or even present a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country, so long as they can prove that they are fully vaccinated.

American 767
American Airlines used to run flights between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik with its Boeing 767 aircraft, and flights were scheduled to operate daily in 2020. Photo: VIncenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Pragusa.One also plans to fly from Dubrovnik to New York

American Airlines also used to operate flights to Dubrovnik from Philadelphia last year, but it has discontinued the route when the pandemic broke out. American’s flights were scheduled to run daily.

At the same time, another airline wants to fly between Dubrovnik and New York this summer: Pragusa.One, an all-Premium Economy Airbus A350 start-up airline that plans to wet-lease Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft this summer to launch its own flights between Dubrovnik and the USA.

Pragusa.One is planning to fly four weekly frequencies to New York and four to Los Angeles on a seasonal basis, starting in late June this year. However, tickets are not yet on sale, and it is uncertain whether these flights would materialize.

If Pragusa.One does go ahead with its plans, there will be 16 weekly flights between Dubrovnik and the United States this summer.

What do you think of the news that United Airlines is increasing frequencies in response to Delta launching this very same route? Do you think the market is big enough for three airlines this summer? Let us know what you think about this story in the comments below.

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