EDINBURGH Airport handled 1.26 million passengers in April, up by 4.3 per cent on the same month of last year, its latest figures show.

Domestic and international passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport each grew by 4.3 per cent year-on-year in April, to 468,526 and 789,990 respectively.

Edinburgh Airport cited a greater number of flights to London Heathrow from British Airways and Flybe, compared with April 2018, as one key factor behind the year-on-year rise in domestic passenger numbers last month.

It also noted a boost to the year-on-year comparison last month from Ryanair’s Derry route, which was launched in October 2018.

The airport flagged new route growth and increased frequencies on existing routes as the drivers of year-on-year growth in international passenger numbers last month. Edinburgh Airport noted Ryanair had started new routes last month to Billund and Luxembourg, and observed the budget airline had also added more flights to Warsaw and Nantes compared with April 2018.

The airport also pointed out that Jet2 had added more flights to Antalya, Alicante, Palma, Tenerife and Faro, compared with last April. And it noted Delta had increased the frequency of its service to New York’s JFK airport to daily in April, from five-times weekly.

Edinburgh Airport has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years.

It achieved a fresh record for its passenger numbers last year, as international routes drove an overall 6.5% rise to 14.31 million.

Unveiling these figures in January, it noted this was also a fresh record for a Scottish airport, while flagging Brexit and infrastructure “challenges” in the year ahead.

The number of international passengers handled last year by Edinburgh Airport, at 8.932 million, was up by 9.5% on 2017. Domestic passenger numbers were up by 1.9% at 5.378 million.