About 65,000 passengers are expected to use East Midlands Airport over the bank holiday weekend - an increase of 4.6% on last year.
Bosses said the predicted figures were a "positive indicator" for summer 2011.
On Saturday, airline bmibaby added two new destinations - Ibiza and Verona - to its East Midlands operation, which could also boost passenger numbers.
The airport has faced difficult times recently as a result of the recession and the 2010 volcanic ash disruption.
More than 1,000 flights were grounded by the ash cloud in April and May last year, at an estimated cost of £1m.