Record passenger numbers over the August bank holiday week helped transport operator National Express boost its third quarter UK coach revenues by 9%.
Late summer getaways saw advance bookings for airport journeys up 18% year-on-year for the August holiday period while trips to London also bolstered the figures.
The rise in the "core express" business in the third quarter compared with last year was driven almost entirely by higher passenger volume and helped the division to deliver an "exceptional performance", the group said.
Growth was boosted by lower fares introduced a year earlier as well as investment in distribution, including partnerships with UK airports and ticket sales through 11,000 Post Office branches nationwide.
Overall UK coach revenues were flat year-on-year as the improved core express performance helped match £10 million of one-off extra Olympic and rail replacement turnover in the third quarter of 2012.
Meanwhile, more recent figures from the day of the St Jude storm earlier this week showed a 34% boost in passenger numbers to 67,000, from a typical 50,000.
The boost in Monday's figures was attributed to people who were unable to travel using cancelled rail services but still needed to reach destinations such as airports.
National Express, which operates coach, bus and rail services in the UK as well as Europe, north Africa and North America, said overall revenues grew 5% in the third quarter, and it was on target to deliver full-year growth.
Chief executive Dean Finch said: "We continue to perform well, driving passenger growth, increasing revenue and focusing our investment where it makes the biggest difference to our customers."
UK bus commercial revenues were also up as were takings from the group's c2c rail franchise serving Essex.
National Express said it was preparing to bid for further contracts including Crossrail while it had been shortlisted for the Ringbahn contract in Berlin.
Business in Spain, Morocco, and North America - where the group operates services including school buses - also saw improved revenues.