German tour operator, the TUI Group, is interested in opening an airline base at Brač Airpoer next year. The General Manager of Brač Airport, Tonči Peović, said, "TUI will have a small base in Brač. This is a logical step because of the situation in Africa and Turkey, as well as Croatia's growing tourism industry. TUI has interest in such a move". He added, "TUI already invests a lot in Croatia and sees great potential in our coast. They see Brač Airport as a partner in those plans". The TUI Group owns and operates TUIfly Belgium, Netherlands and Deutschland, as well as Thomson Airways from the UK, TUIfly Nordic from Sweden and Corsair International from France. TUIfly Belgium will launch services to Brač this summer season. The airport recently completed work on extending its runway, allowing it to handle larger aircraft. "This year we anticipate our passenger numbers to double to 30.000. This figure should double again next year. Brač Airport is undergoing a major expansion and few airports in the region can boast of such robust growth", Mr Peović concluded.