Edinburgh airport has announced that it is the UK’s fastest growing airport in terms of international passengers.

The airport has seen 21 per cent growth between 2015 and 2016,  beating Luton for the top spot of UK airports with more than 1 million international passengers. The airport says that this growth has been bolstered by the fact that it now operates over 200 routes.

Commenting on the announcement, Edinburgh airport’s Chief Executive Gordon Dewar, said:

“This expansion of routes in and out of Edinburgh Airport generates more growth for Scotland’s economy and creates work and leisure opportunities for people and businesses.

“We have a healthy equilibrium of inbound and outbound passengers with the most balanced mix of any UK airport outside London. The blend of increasing long haul routes, the enhanced choice to destinations across Europe and an unrivalled range of services to London and domestic locations has proved to be a winning combination.”

Starting this summer, Norwegian is set to launch transatlantic flights from Edinburgh to the US east coast. Meanwhile, British Airways has announced a new summer service between the Scottish capital and Palma, with Ryanair launching five new routes to Barcelona Girona, Ibiza, Milan, Porto and Vigo this summer.