More than 939,000 passengers used Edinburgh airport last month – up 11% year-on-year to a record level for February.

The airport’s numbers were boosted by fans travelling to the Scottish capital for the Six Nations rugby tournament.

Other factors in the success were new routes and better weather, as last year’s figures were affected by the Beast from the East snowfalls.

Gordon Dewar, the airport’s chief executive, said: “Passenger numbers have rebounded well since last February and we said at the time we were confident they would because our appeal both in terms of outward and inward tourism remains strong.

“Clearly no heavy days of snow has been welcomed and we always see an influx of rugby fans who see Edinburgh and Murrayfield as a must-visit destination and stadium.

“We should also take confidence in the fact that the continuity of flights no matter the Brexit outcome has been guaranteed and that should allow passengers to plan with confidence.

“But we should still be looking to give ourselves the best possible outlook by cutting Air Passenger Duty (APD) and showing that we remain open and an attractive destination.”

The domestic market was up by 10.5% year-on-year, thanks to the return of Ryanair’s Stansted route, along with an additional daily frequency.

Ryanair also launched a route to Derry in October 2018 and easyJet started a service to Jersey in March 2018.

Meanwhile, BA Cityflyer and Flybe increased frequencies to London City airport.

The international market  grew 11.4% year-on-year thanks to 22 new routes, including eight by Ryanair to European cities; an Emirates daily service to Dubai; and Hainan Airlines’ new link to Beijing.

easyJet started a new route to Seville, and extended its Naples service to year-round, while Air France used a larger plane and Tui doubled its February capacity to the Canary Islands.

New routes to be launched in 2019 include Loganair to Islay (March); American Airlines to Philadelphia, and Ryanair to Billund and Luxemburg (April); Delta Airlines to Boston, Jet2 to Bodrum, Bourgas and Corfu, and Loganair to Bergen, Stavanger and Guernsey (May); and Alitalia to Milan in June.