East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport, not surprisingly is located in the East Midlands area, and found in Northwest Leicestershire at Castle Donington. It has built a reputation for itself as primarily a local airport serving local travellers. Specifically, it serves those who live within the counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, assisting them in mostly with European and domestic travel.

East Midlands was originally a Royal Air Force station, but was decommissioned in 1946.  It opened for civilian passengers in April, 1965 and has served them since. There was rapid expansion of the facilities through the 1980s, and some more renovations made in the late 90s and early 2000s.

East Midlands is a growing airport, in 2008, its passenger numbers reached a new peak, at more than 5.6 million travellers using the airport. This was a 3.8% increase from 2007, gauging by passenger traffic, this makes East Midlands the UK’s 10th busiest airport.

Currently, Manchester Airports Group (or MAG) owns East Midlands; MAG itself is controlled by ten separate boroughs which comprise Greater Manchester. MAG is also the UK’s largest airport group.

Most of the airlines calling East Midlands home service domestic and European destinations. Cheap flights from East Midlands include those operated by BMI Baby, Jet2.com, Ryanair, and EasyJet.  Also, in 2005, long haul holiday flights to Orlando, the Dominican Republic and Cancun were introduced, provided by First Choice Airways. On top of all of this, East Midlands serves as a primary BMI maintenance base.

East Midlands Airport Practical Information

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