November saw Edinburgh airport achieve one million passengers in a month for the first time.

The total number rose by 11.7% over the same month last year, also with 11.7% rises in both international and domestic travellers.

The level of international travellers increased to more than 570,000 while domestic numbers grew to almost 476,000.

A total of 22 new international routes were launched since last November, the bulk by Ryanair, plus Emirates to Dubai and Hainan Airlines to Beijing.

Ryanair also maintained a link to Stansted which was dropped last winter and introduced flights to Derry.

New services planed for 2019 include Loganair to Islay in March; American Airlines to Philadelphia, Ryanair to Billund and Luxembourg in April; Delta Air Lines to Boston, Jet 2 to Bodrum, Bourgas and Corfu and Loganair to Bergen, Stavanger and Guernsey in May.

Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “To post our first ever one million passenger November is great news and highlights the strong growth we are experiencing throughout the year, bringing more people into our fantastic country and taking others to countries across the world.

“These record figures show that we continue to play a crucial role in Scotland’s economy and we want to see that continue into 2019 and beyond.”