In addition to the number of passengers, the number of aircraft operations grew by 12 percent in June and by 7,5 percent in the first half of the year. Gross monthly income per employee is around HRK 14.300, not counting the Croatian Air Navigation Services, where the average gross salary per employee is extremely high and climbs over HRK 49.000. “Passenger growth rates at our airports in the first six months of 2019 are extremely good, and ZL Dubrovnik would especially point out with a growth rate of over 17 percent, primarily due to the arrival of the largest European company Ryan Air and the world’s largest company American Airlines. We see that such an increase in traffic has entailed investment in infrastructure”, Said the president of the Air Transport Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and director of Brac airport Tonci Pejovic, adding that the trend of shorter stays of tourists in one destination is in favor of airports and carriers because it implies faster change of passengers. By the way, air transport entities in Croatia include nine international airports, two companies and flight controls. In 2018, they generated HRK 4.3 billion in revenue and HRK 451 million in profit. They directly employ about 4.100 employees, and it is estimated that about 9.000 people earn their total income from air transport-related activities. In June, the highest growth of as much as 43 percent (120.397 passengers) was recorded by Zadar Airport, followed by ZL Rijeka with a growth of 37,5 percent (30.786 passengers), and the number of passengers in ZL Pula (14 passengers) and ZL increased by 135.715 percent. Dubrovnik (413.200 passengers). Split Airport carried 8,2 percent more passengers than in June 2018 (510.768 passengers), while Zagreb Airport recorded a slight increase of 0,8 percent (333.838 passengers). A drop of 8 and 5 percent, respectively, was recorded by Brač Airport and ZL Osijek. While there are heated debates about this season’s tourist figures, Croatian airports continue to have high growth rates and investments in infrastructure in the first half of the year. This is also shown by the unofficial statistics of the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, according to which in June this year, 11 percent more passengers were transported at airports across the country than in the same period last year (1.557.530 passengers), and a similar growth of 10,7 percent .4.287.075 passengers) have been recorded by domestic airports since the beginning of this year. Pejović predicts the continuation of positive trends, both in Croatia and in Europe. “What worries us is how the situation regarding Brexit will unfold, because England has been a signatory to the Open Sky agreement so far. When and if that changes, a lot of things will need to be negotiated to know what the flight regimes are, and that has not yet been done. Another thing that could negatively affect air traffic is the crisis in the Persian Gulf, due to which the prices of oil and kerosene could rise.”, Explained Pejović. Source: Croatian Chamber of Commerce Similar trends prevail in the first half of the year. ZL Zadar and ZL Rijeka are in the lead with a growth of 39 and 19,6 percent, respectively, followed by ZL Dubrovnik (17,4 percent) and ZL Pula (16,3 percent). The number of passengers in ZL Split and ZL Zagreb also increased by 8,1 and 3,9 percent, while a decrease of 13,6 percent and 12,1 percent, respectively, was recorded by Airport Brač and ZL Osijek.