PASSENGER numbers at Edinburgh Airport increased by almost 7% in March.
The airport said it handled 791,975 passengers, an increase of 6.8%.
Domestic passenger numbers showed particularly strong growth of 8.7% or 432,935 passengers.
New and increased services are driving this growth, according to the airport.
These include Ryanair’s new Stansted service, which now flies up to four times per day, the new Flybe service to London City and BA Cityflyer’s increased frequency to London City, now flying up to 12 times per day.
International traffic increased by 4.7% on March 2014 with a total of 359,040 passengers travelling.
Helping to drive this growth was the increased services to Dublin, Barcelona and Rome with Ryanair, the new twice-weekly service to Madeira with easyJet, as well as their increased services to Lisbon and Reykjavik.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “March was a strong month for us and we saw a significant increase in the number of passengers travelling through our airport.
“The final home match of the RBS 6Nations also helped boost passenger numbers with over 31,000 Irish rugby fans travelling through the terminal.
“We’re now officially in the summer schedule and have already welcomed several new airlines and routes, including new services to the Faroe Islands with Atlantic Airways, Malaga with Norwegian, Copenhagen with SAS and Madrid with Iberia Express.”