Germanwings - the German low cost airline which operates a number of services from Birmingham - yesterday unveiled strong half year results.
In the fist six months of 2005, more than 2.3 million passengers flew with Germanwings from its bases in Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin-Sch^nefeld, exceeding the airline's expectations.
Dr Joachim Klein, chairman of Germanwings, said: "Continued strong growth has allowed us to increase our passenger numbers by more than 60 oer cent over the previous year.
"In 2005, we are aiming to transport between 5.5 and six million guests and in July alone, we expect to exceed the magic figure of 500,000 passengers for the month." He added: "Because of our favourable business development, turnover also increased by 60 per cent, compared with the same period last year, to £113.9 million.
"If our growth continues this strongly, Germanwings should achieve a turnover of approximately £279.7 million by the end of the year, compared to 2004's turnover of £172.7 million."