East Midlands Airport sees rise in Bank Holiday flights
East Midlands Airport bosses say the busy Bank Holiday proves the industry is recovering from a "tough" year.
Earlier this month the airport revealed a drop of nearly one million passengers compared to the previous 12 months.
Passenger figures dropped from 5.4m between March 2008 and March 2009 to 4.5m million a year later.
But Barry Thompson from the airport said more than 86,000 passengers used the airport over the bank holiday weekend - a 0.8% rise on last year.
He said: "The growth experienced during the long weekend strongly indicates that the airport's overall performance for August will be higher than in 2009."
The most popular destinations over the weekend were Palma, Malaga and Alicante.
Dalaman in Turkey and Portugal's Faro were the next most popular.