United Airlines will bring forward the launch of its new seasonal Newark – Dubrovnik service by a week, after increasing planned frequencies from three to four weekly rotations. The carrier will now inaugurate flights on July 1 instead of July 8 and will start operations a day earlier than its competitor Delta.
Croatian Aviation reports that just a few days after announcing an additional flight (from 3 to 4 flights a week) on the new route between New York and Dubrovnik, United Airlines made another operational change.
On April 18, United Airlines announced that it would introduce the New York-Dubrovnik-New York route in this year’s summer flight schedule. The line was originally announced from July 8, three times a week, with departures from New York on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and return from Dubrovnik a day later, until October 3 this year.
In the meantime, Delta Air Lines also announced the introduction of a direct route to Dubrovnik (also from New York, John F. Kennedy Airport). However, the airline planned to launch the route a week before United and operate on it four times a week, with one flight a week more than United.
United subsequently announced that it would still increase the number of operations to Dubrovnik and thus equalize Delta’s number of flights, which happened, and both companies now offer four flights a week to Dubrovnik from July.
“As we start to see a strong desire from our customers to travel internationally to re-opened countries, we are excited to move up service and add a fourth weekly flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia,” said Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network and alliances at United.
The earlier launch of this line will provide an additional 1,712 seats between the two cities.