Spanish low-cost airline clickair has had a "strong first year" and is on course to handle 4.5 million passengers before the end of 2007.

As it prepares to celebrate its first birthday on October 1st, the airline said that it has built up its market share over the past 12 months so that it now has the largest individual share of traffic at Barcelona's El Prat airport.

It now accounts for 14 per cent of traffic movements at the hub and serves the highest number of foreign destinations from the Catalan city.

In August, clickair carried 438,650 passengers, surpassing Spanair and Vueling to make it the second-largest operator at El Prat.

The first eight months of the year saw clickair carry a total of 2.65 million passengers from Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Sevilla, La Coruna, Vigo, Santiago and Bilbao.

Alex Cruz, the airline's chief executive officer, said: "This performance in our first year is more than satisfactory."

Clickair was recently voted the best newcomer in the 2007 World Low Cost Airline awards.

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