Big Easter getaway

More than 60,000 passengers are expected to travel through East Midlands Airport between now and next Tuesday.

The big Easter getaway, full report

As the Easter holidays begin, families are leaving the Midlands in search of warmer weather.

Hundreds of thousands of passengers will travel through airports in the region over the next two weeks.

Persistant freezing temperatures have caused a surge in last minutes bookings from people desperate to leave the cold behind.

Michael Sibert reports.

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Thousands due to fly from East Midlands Airport this Easter

Passengers waiting for their flight to Lanzarote this morning Credit: ITV News Central

East Midlands Airport is expected to deal with more than 166,000 passengers through its terminals this weekend.

These passengers are waiting to fly out to Lanzarote. A record number of people are estimated to be heading of the sunshine this Easter weekend to escape the freezing weather for sunnier times.

60,000 to travel through East Midlands Airport over Easter

Around 60,000 people are expected to jet off for the Easter break Credit: ITV News Central

Around 60,000 passengers are expected to travel through East Midlands Airport between now and next Tuesday for the Easter getaway.

The busiest day will be Easter Sunday with more than 12,000 people travelling throughout the day, a 33% increase in departing passengers compared to the same time last Sunday (24th March).

Over 1,200 passengers are expected to board a flight in the first hour on Easter Sunday Credit: ITV News Central