“We have been working with the Virgin Atlantic team for some time to focus on incremental opportunities across Europe and where we can see the growth potential into Virgin’s extensive network especially to North America. Croatia and Serbia are both under-served with direct connections to North America,” said Head of Airline Partnerships and Development for Discover the World Aiden Walsh, as cited by Exyu Aviation and Simplyflying.com.
“Our focus is to maximize the opportunities Virgin Atlantic have in place and work our strong trade relationships,” he added.
Virgin Atlantic at this time has a “vast and existing network of onward North American connections from its London hub,” including to Los Angeles Airport, Las Vegas Airport, Miami Airport, New York JFK, Orlando Airport, Seattle-Tacoma Airport, San Francisco Airport, Tampa, and Washington. It is currently banking on offering Serbs and Croats more flight connection options, which Simplyflying.com deemed “especially crucial” as there are currently no non-stop flights between Zagreb and the US.
Currently, Lufthansa remains dominant in the local market, covering some 20% of all passengers between the US and Serbia.
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