The COVID-19 pandemic has forced airlines to get creative with where they're flying. And as Europe slowly reopens to travelers, Delta is trying out something brand new this summer.
The Atlanta-based airline announced Friday a brand new nonstop flight from New York City (JFK) into Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV). Those flights are set for takeoff on July 2, with four weekly flights to Croatia on a Boeing 767-300 through the summer and into early fall. Flights were expected to go on sale Saturday.
With the rest of Europe still off-limits for now, Croatia and its iconic shorelines have emerged as a tourist hotspot. It was open to travelers throughout much of the pandemic until October 2020, when the country shut down. But Croatia reopened earlier this spring to travelers with proof of vaccination, a recent negative COVID-19 test, or recovery from COVID-19.
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It will be Delta's first nonstop flight to Croatia, and it's clearly being driven by travelers' desire to get back to Europe – with limited options to pick from.
“Customers are at the center of everything we do, including where we fly, and the addition of a new outdoor-friendly destination is another sign of the surge in demand we’re seeing,” Delta's senior vice president of network planning Joe Esposito said in a statement. “More countries are easing restrictions for vaccinated travelers, and we’re ready to help reconnect people to their lives and loved ones.”
The new Croatia service isn't Delta's first attempt to seize on renewed interest in heading abroad this summer.
After Iceland became the first country in Europe to reopen, Delta restarted flights from New York City to Reykjavik (KEF) last week. Flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Iceland's capital city will resume later this month, along with a brand new route to Iceland from Boston (BOS).
As Greece opened its doors to travelers with proof of vaccination or a recent COVID-19 test, Delta announced it would bring back daily flights from New York to Athens (ATH) along with a new route from its Atlanta (ATL) megahub to the Greek capital.
Nor is Delta the first to target travelers flocking for Croatia. Just last month, United launched nonstop service from Newark (EWR) to Croatia with three flights a week into Dubrovnik.
Read our guide to what to do, eat, and see in Dubrovnik!
This will be a summer of travel unlike any other. Your options might be limited, but airlines are eager to get passengers wherever they can go – close to home or far afield. Delta's brand new flights to Croatia are just the latest example.
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