As I worked at EMA for 10 years I am pretty qualified on this subject to answer 'EMA is lame'
1st. Alicante on Easyjet didnt even register in the top destinations ex-EMA
2nd, EJ, are pulling out due to landing fees and the 'Green taxes' that on November 1 goes up from £10 to £11, while for longer flights it will go up by as much as £20 to £60. they are also reducing Luton as well by 20%
(the government makes £2b per year from this tax)
3rd, EMA is 2nd only to Heathrow for AirFreight exports and imports
4th, EMA has more nightflights than anyother airport in Europe (that was 2 years ago figures)
5th, The most popular destination in Spain was Parma Majorca
6th, EMA has progressed as the biggest growing airport in the UK based on passenger number and freight increases for yeay after year.
To say the airport is lame is just a joke it really is. A brand new railway station called East Midlands Parkway has just opened and has a shuttle service every 15 mins so costs to and from have been slashed.
As for you not coming to Benidorm i'm sure the economy here will survive