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The world’s second-largest carrier, United Airlines, will launch seasonal summer flights between New York’s Newark Liberty Airport and Dubrovnik from July 8 until October 2, linking the two cities with a nonstop service for the first time in thirty years. Flights will run three times per week, each Monday, Thursday and Saturday departing Newark, with the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. United will become the second US carrier to commence operations to Dubrovnik in recent years following American Airlines, although the latter has terminated its seasonal Philadelphia service due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. United’s flights will be timed to connect in Newark to over 65 cities in North America.

Commenting on the development, United’s Vice President of International Network and Alliances, Patrick Quayle, said, “As countries around the world begin the process of reopening, leisure travellers are eager to take a long-awaited getaway to new international destinations. The new route unlocks the natural beauty of the outdoors for our guests. It’s also the latest example of how United is remaining nimble in rebuilding our network”.

With a fleet of over 700 aircraft and a destination network spanning over 300 cities, United is the second-largest carrier in North America after its rival American Airlines. It is also one of the founding members of Star Alliance and boasts a wide-ranging codeshare agreement with Croatia Airlines since 2013. United has its codes and flight numbers on the Croatian carrier’s services from Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Munich and Zurich to Zagreb, as well as from Frankfurt and Munich to Split and Dubrovnik.

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Services to Dubrovnik will run with the 214-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, featuring thirty seats in business class, 49 in premium “economy plus” and 135 in economy class. The airline’s business class features seats which recline into a fully flat bed, while meals and drinks are complimentary in economy class, unlike on its domestic services. United’s entire international fleet is fitted with wireless Internet connectivity.

United faces no direct competition on the route. US nationals are permitted entry into Croatia with a negative PCR test or a Covid-19 vaccination certificate. Flights between Dubrovnik and New York were previously maintained thirty years ago by JAT Yugoslav Airlines and Pan Am.

Further flight details for the new Newark – Dubrovnik service can be found here.