ALMOST 1 million people travelled through Glasgow airport last month.

Last month was the busiest September on record for the transport hub with 972,900 people passing through its doors.

Transport bosses are celebrating the 4.1% per cent increase on last year, which they have put down to strong demand for flights to New York, Vancouver and Toronto among others.

Scotland’s airline Loganair has helped the boost, with it now operating up to six services per day to Manchester.

Airport chiefs also say European routes have seen an increase of 15 per cent in the last year, with airlines adding additional capacity to a range of services.

Some of the most popular EU destinations include Milan, Brussels, Valencia and Lisbon.

Long-haul routes have also seen a rise of 10 per cent from 2016, thanks to Emirates twice-daily flights to Dubai.

International travel surged by 10.2 per cent from last year too.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “I’m pleased to report our strong performance throughout the year continued with our best-ever passenger numbers in September despite the wider industry facing a number of challenges.

“We remain on course to record our most successful year ever and this can be attributed to our continued focus on not only attracting new services such as Frankfurt, but by also working closely with our current airline partners to enhance existing routes.

“Looking ahead, we are now gearing up for the October Week, which is traditionally our busiest period of the year as tens of thousands of passengers jet off on sun and city breaks.

“We will also further strengthen our European connectivity at the end of October with the launch of two brand new Ryanair routes for Glasgow Airport to Krakow and Madrid, while the introduction of the new eight-per-week London Southend service will take the number of services we operate to London to 32 per day.”