United Airlines Responds To Delta’s Dubrovnik Launch

United has responded to the news that Delta Air Lines is launching flights between Dubrovnik and New York…

United Airlines Responds To Delta’s Dubrovnik Launch

United has responded to the news that Delta Air Lines is launching flights between Dubrovnik and New York by increasing frequencies on its own brand new Dubrovnik – New York route. There are three airlines planning to serve the market this summer: United, Delta, and Pragusa.One.

United will offer four weekly flights from New York to Dubrovnik, just like Delta Air Lines. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

United ups frequencies as Delta launches flights

Less than a month after first announcing this brand new route, United has increased the frequency of its Dubrovnik – New York (EWR) flights. The increase comes shortly after Delta Air Lines announced that it too would be launching flights from New York to Dubrovnik.

United’ new schedule for the route is now as follows:

  • Flight UA385 departing Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) for Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Flight UA386 departing DBV for EWR on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

United has scheduled its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on this route, featuring 30 Polaris business class seats. Flights will run from 8th July until 3rd October.

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United is responding to Delta’s four-weekly Dubrovnik service, also brand new this summer. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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Delta Air Lines is also on the market

At the same time, Delta is running the following schedule:

  • Flight DL184 departing New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) for Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Flight DL185 departing DBV for JFK on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

For both Delta and United, this will be their first time ever that they fly to Croatia. Their expansion comes as Croatia announced that it would not require passengers to quarantine on arrival or even present a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country, so long as they can prove that they are fully vaccinated.

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American Airlines used to run flights between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik with its Boeing 767 aircraft, and flights were scheduled to operate daily in 2020. Photo: VIncenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Pragusa.One also plans to fly from Dubrovnik to New York

American Airlines also used to operate flights to Dubrovnik from Philadelphia last year, but it has discontinued the route when the pandemic broke out. American’s flights were scheduled to run daily.

At the same time, another airline wants to fly between Dubrovnik and New York this summer: Pragusa.One, an all-Premium Economy Airbus A350 start-up airline that plans to wet-lease Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft this summer to launch its own flights between Dubrovnik and the USA.

Pragusa.One is planning to fly four weekly frequencies to New York and four to Los Angeles on a seasonal basis, starting in late June this year. However, tickets are not yet on sale, and it is uncertain whether these flights would materialize.

If Pragusa.One does go ahead with its plans, there will be 16 weekly flights between Dubrovnik and the United States this summer.

What do you think of the news that United Airlines is increasing frequencies in response to Delta launching this very same route? Do you think the market is big enough for three airlines this summer? Let us know what you think about this story in the comments below.

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Rebounding Travel: US Passenger Numbers Edge Closer To 2 Million

Just about every week, the US is beating out its passenger numbers. The growth seen over the recent…

Rebounding Travel: US Passenger Numbers Edge Closer To 2 Million

Just about every week, the US is beating out its passenger numbers. The growth seen over the recent weeks in daily numbers is a testament to the rebounding American air travel market. As summer approaches, the US on Sunday, May 16th, saw 1.85 million passengers take to the sky. If current trends continue, then this summer could see a return to pre-crisis levels.

Travelers are coming back, and airlines are bringing their capacity back accordingly. Photo: Getty Images

The US hits new record daily traveler numbers

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recorded 1,850,531 passengers entering through a security screening checkpoint. This beat out the previous record set only a few days before, on May 13th, of 1,743,515 passengers.

This was the first day since the start of the crisis when the TSA saw over 1.8 million people fly in one day. Sundays are typically high water marks for passenger numbers and emphasize the strength of leisure customers in the airline recovery.

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Travel numbers are still trending upwards, though there is still room to go until numbers hit a full recovery. Photo: Getty Images

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A growing number of travelers

Since March, passenger numbers in the US have seen a strong upward trend. As vaccinations roll out, travel restrictions come down, and people have more reasons or are more willing to fly, airlines have seen bookings go up, and more seats go out filled.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays continue to remain lower travel days, as they are usually heavier business traveler days. However, as the summer vacations roll out and leisure travelers start to have more flexibility without kids in school, those days should also see a similar bump in travel. These two weekdays have also seen improving travel numbers.

The graph below shows excellent growth with daily variability:

Daily Traveler Numebrs
Daily passenger numbers show variations but are, in general, on an upward trend. Data: TSA | Graph: Simple Flying

Looking at week-to-week data, some other trends are evident:

Weekly passenger numbers
Weekly TSA passenger numbers. Data: TSA | Graph: Simple Flying

There was significant, as in multi-million passenger growth, from week to week in March. Mid-March, which is when most schools go on spring break and families and college students travel, saw significant passenger growth. It was around mid-March when passenger numbers started to register above one million in a day consistently.

Comparing it to 2019, weekly numbers are starting to recover significantly:

2019 vs. 2021 Travel Numbers
Comparing weekly traveler numbers from 2019 to 2021. Data: TSA | Graph: Simple Flying

Currently, numbers are around 65-66% of what they were in 2019 and remain on an upward trend. In early March, numbers were around half of what they were in 2021.

Memorial Day, which is only two weeks away, is a holiday to watch. An unofficial start to the summer, this long weekend should help propel passenger numbers upwards. Memorial Day could be the holiday that pushes daily numbers above two million. If it does, it could set the tone for summer.

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Summer momentum

Assuming passenger numbers continue their upward trend, this should position the recovery at north of 70%, and even into the 80% range, this summer. United Airlines, today, announced it was boosting its July schedules, bringing it to 80% of pre-crisis capacity in the US.

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The summer is expected to be a good one. Photo: Getty Images

As international travel restrictions start to come down, this should also increase the number of passengers taking to the skies. Also, on the international front, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Mexico show strong signs of a rebound, and some airlines have pointed larger planes to the region to capture increased demand.

Passengers are coming back. Airlines are still not out of the woods yet when it comes to profitability, but the airline industry is well on its way to recovery. As passenger numbers increase, loads and yields should follow. While airlines will still need to do some demand stimulation on price in select markets and days, the revenue management systems can start to turn back on, and airlines can have some more command over pricing.

Are you planning summer travel? What do you think about returning passenger travel demand? Let us know in the comments!

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