A surge in foreign travel helped lift October passenger numbers at Edinburgh airport to more than 1.2 million.

This made the month the busiest October on record as numbers rose by 8.5% year-on-year.

It was also the seventh consecutive month with more than one million passengers using Scotland’s busiest airport.

International passengers continued to surge, up 12.4% on October 2016 at 760,296, while those on domestic flights nudged up by 1.5% to 465,813.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “Those are outstanding figures and once again shows the appetite that is out there for people to travel out of and into Edinburgh, especially international passengers who continue to put Edinburgh at the top of their destinations list.

“We’re working with our airline partners to expand and extend choice for passengers, whether that is a ski break or some winter sun, and we’re seeing the benefits of that already as we close in on another record year for Scotland’s busiest airport.”