The addition of new routes helped push passenger numbers using Edinburgh airport up by almost 8% last month.

More than 1.3 million travellers used the Scottish capital’s airport in October with the help of 22 new routes over the same month last year.

International growth reached 9.5% while domestic numbers increased by 5.2%.

The overall rise was helped by new flights by Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet, Emirates and Hainan Airlines.

Popular destinations in October included:
• Poland: Poznan, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow
• Central and eastern Europe: Kaunas, Sofia, Bratislava, Prague and Budapest
• Canary Islands
• Other holiday destinations: Antalya, Madeira & Paphos

Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “It’s been another busy month and it means we’ve delivered more than 1.3 million passengers for six consecutive months for the first time, which highlights our fantastic growth.

“It shows Scotland’s continued attractiveness to visitors all year round as well as the number of people taking advantage of the array of destinations we serve from Scotland’s busiest airport, including a strong performance in our new Dubai route with Emirates.

“We’re looking build on recent route announcements to places like Philadelphia, Boston and Riga and deliver even more destination choice for our passengers.”