The airline's inaugural flight from New York will land on July 3.

Delta is counting down to the start of its new service to Dubrovnik on Friday, July 2, offering U.S. travelers more opportunities to reclaim the joy of travel this summer in one of Europe's most intriguing nations. 

Croatia is the first new European country to which Delta will begin service since the start of the pandemic. Its customers are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to discover the country. The airline will operate four weekly nonstop services between Dubrovnik and New York-JFK, with departures on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights are operated in conjunction with Delta's European partners Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic. 

"Our flights to Dubrovnik are proving popular as our U.S. customers seek new experiences now that the world is reopening for international travel," said Delta's Thomas Brandt, Manager - Regional Sales, at an event at Dubrovnik City Hall on Tuesday. "We’re proud to be supporting Croatia’s tourism recovery while also ensuring a safe travel environment in line with the country’s requirement for proof of vaccination or a negative test for all customers before they board the flight.” 

Data from the World Travel and Tourism Council reports that tourism represents 25 percent of Croatia’s GDP. Pre-pandemic, the number of U.S. tourists to Croatia was on the rise, with more than 550,000 visitors in 2018 – a 23 percent increase over 2017, according to the Ministry of Tourism. Meanwhile, the Croatian Bureau of Statistics reported that 10 percent of all visitors to Dubrovnik came from the U.S. in 2019, which is the second-largest source market. 

“By connecting Dubrovnik, our tourist pearl, and one of the world's largest cities, New York, we connect two major tourist destinations. The inaugural flight of Delta Air Lines is another proof of Croatia's recognizability as a safe and desirable tourist destination,” said Nikolina Brnjac, Croatian Minister of Tourism and Sports. 

Brnjac highlighted Croatia’s success, particularly in the Dubrovnik area, in battling the spread of COVID-19. She said that, along with high levels of vaccination among tourists, is fueling the influx of travelers. “I believe this line will contribute to further deepening cooperation between Croatia and the United States not only through tourism but also through the overall business exchange between the two countries,” she said.  

Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković added, “People need to travel today more than ever before. Our openness has always been unquestionable. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Dubrovnik to Delta Air Lines, one of the leaders in the industry and the world's most awarded airline, with the hope that this will be just the beginning of a long cooperation.” 

Customers flying from Croatia can connect at Delta’s JFK hub to more than 30 cities across the U.S. within four hours of arrival, enabling them to reach their final destination the same day. The service also provides cargo opportunities for freight forwarders to conveniently transport goods between the nations. 

“After 2020, which saw the airport quieter than it’s ever been, Delta’s new service from New York will help us have a more prosperous 2021 and preserve the jobs of our colleagues. It’s an exciting time for Dubrovnik as we welcome Delta for the first time this weekend,” said Frano Luetić, Managing Director of Dubrovnik Airport. 

In line with local entry guidelines, all customers must show proof of full vaccination status, have a negative PCR test or proof of recent COVID-19 recovery before boarding in the U.S. While the U.S. is open to visitors from Croatia, Delta recommends that customers check entry requirements before travel. Details are available on the Delta Discover Map on delta.com. The airline continues to offer more flexibility than ever to plan and rebook tickets with an industry-leading travel credit extension for all tickets expiring in 2021 and all tickets purchased in 2021 through Dec. 31, 2022. 

Once onboard, customers will enjoy new dining and entertainment choices onboard this summer. This includes more than 200 films, with 21 new releases such as Academy Award® winners Nomadland, The Father and Judas and the Black Messiah. Delta’s award-winning customer experience also includes touchless technology via the Fly Delta app and plans to deliver new high-speed Wi-Fi

During meal service, there is a choice of entrée in all cabins accompanied by an appetizer and dessert in addition to a full bar selection or soft drinks. Those traveling in Delta One can also pre-order their meal choice on flights between the U.S. and Croatia.  

Delta prioritizes the health and safety of customers and employees, and the communities it serves. As part of the Delta CareStandard, aircraft are regularly sanitized, including rigorous cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as tray tables, screen and seatbelts. Customers must also wear a face covering throughout the journey. 

Delta’s flights between Dubrovnik and New York-JFK are scheduled as follows:  

Flight Number 

Departs 

Arrives 

DL185 

Dubrovnik at 13:30 

New York-JFK at 17:30 

DL184 

New York-JFK 20:00 

Dubrovnik at 11:15 (next day) 

About Delta 

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is the U.S. global airline leader in safety, innovation, reliability and customer experience. Powered by our employees around the world, Delta has for a decade led the airline industry in operational excellence while maintaining our reputation for award-winning customer service. 

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