Significant activity in the oil and gas industries helped boost passengers numbers across regional airports in Scotland last month.

Highlands and Islands Airports reported a 10.5% rise to 101,701 passengers across the 11 airports.

Sumburgh in Shetland had 50% more passengers last month than in November 2011.

Dundee saw growth on the London City route and additional charter and business aviation traffic, resulting in a 4.9% increase in passengers.

But the withdrawal of services to Belfast and Birmingham this month is likely to dampen passenger growth in the coming months, the airport operator said.

Highlands and Islands Airports managing director Inglis Lyon said: “These are especially strong growth figures, particularly given the time of year and prevailing economic climate.

“The continued growth in oil-related traffic is particularly good news for our airports in the North and Northern Isles.

“With increased offshore oil activity in the area planned, we are confident this growth will continue in the coming years and that we can gain a greater share of this lucrative market, due to our ability to respond quickly and flexibly to the needs of the energy sector.”

The company also runs airports in Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Tiree and Wick.