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Growing numbers of international travellers helped push the level of passengers using Edinburgh airport up by more than 11% in January.

The year-on-year increase to 700,142 passengers came as international numbers grew by 21.7% to 342,540 – the highest level of monthly growth since the financial downturn in 2008.

The airport saw domestic numbers rise by 3.1% to 357,602.

Chief executive, Gordon Dewar, said: “January’s passenger numbers are very welcome indeed and the massive increase in the number of international passengers highlights the growing draw of Edinburgh as a prime global destination.

“We are continuing to offer greater choice with more routes and more destinations – and passengers are responding by flying in and out of Edinburgh directly in greater numbers than ever before.

“People ask me how much more Edinburgh airport can grow in a country with little over five million people; it is not the five million I am worried about – but how the other seven billion across the globe get to visit us.”