Easyjet carried a record number of passengers to and from Scotland in 2016, with 2 million travelling for business.

Around 6.4 million passengers flew with the budget airline last year – an 11 per cent increase on 2015 and 30 per cent more than five years ago.

Easyjet said of the 6.4m, Edinburgh accounted for just over 3.6 million passengers with more than 2 million travelling to and from Glasgow. Inverness and Aberdeen accounted for around 480,000 passengers and 231,000 respectively.

The airline confirmed it will increase capacity by around 5 per cent this year, as well as introduce a second A320 aircraft in Glasgow from March.

Sophie Dekkers, UK director for Easyjet, said: “As Scotland’s largest airline carrying more than 6m passengers annually, we offer an unrivalled network of over 60 routes served from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

“We remain committed to growing in Scotland and Easyjet not only supports Scottish tourism and business travel but also ensures it is easy and affordable for Scots to have direct air links to so many European destinations.”