ZAGREB, 5 June 2019 – Croatia’s Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, is hopeful that a direct flight connecting New York and the Croatian capital Zagreb will commence next summer.
Speaking to HRT’s Studio 4 today, Cappelli says that serious negotiations are ongoing to launch a direct service between New York and Zagreb.
“We have already been seriously talking about launching a direct line to Zagreb from New York and I hope that already by next summer that this will be possible,” he said.
This week, for the first time in 28 years, a direct service will connect the United States and Dubrovnik when American Airlines commences flights from its Philadelphia.
There has been big interest in the new service, which will see three weekly flights operate between the two cities during the summer until 21 September 2019.
“There has been a lot of interest in the flight. It will be booked for most of the summer, bar a few days, until the end of September,” Cappelli said.
Romana Vlašić, Dubrovnik Tourist Board director, said the new direct flight from the United States is important for the city.
“For Dubrovnik, the American market is the second most strategically important market by numbers, just behind the UK. American Airlines has surely analysed the situation and estimated the rise of American tourists to Croatia. I believe that this line, which for now is only seasonal, will be extended to at least the entire summer flight season, and later new destinations in Croatia added,” she says.
American Airlines who will operate the route with their 209-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Philadelphia is American Airlines’ biggest hub in the northeast of America and it offers connections with the rest of the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.