East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGNX)

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The UK's second-largest freight airport, East Midlands also handles nearly five million passengers. With over one million inbound visitors to the region, some to watch the Premier League's Leicester City F.C. or to visit theme park Alton Towers, tourism is an important traffic generator for the airport.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  •  Located at the heart of the UK, in one of UK’s largest and most affluent catchments.
  • Contains world class companies from a broad mix of industries including aerospace, automotive, chemical, financial, IT, media, pharmaceutical and retail.
  • East Midlands Airport connects 4.7 million passengers per annum with the world, serving more than 80 leisure and business destinations.
  • 30.7 million people within a two-hour drive time.
  • Leading business and leisure airport serving the wider Midlands region.
  • Excellent surface access by road, rail and coach.
  • Large student population with nine universities in the region.
  • Tourism industry is important to the East Midlands region, attracting over one million international visitors a year.
  • Home of Robin Hood country and Premier League 2015/16 Champions Leicester City F.C.
  • Top East Midlands attractions include: Sherwood Forest Country Park, National Space Centre, Donington Park and Alton Towers.

Starting a new route to East Midlands Airport? The airport's dedicated on-site marketing team will ensure that the fledgling service receives maximum exposure to allow the route to become sustainable.

Marketing and other support

  • Dedicated on-site marketing team.
  • Fully integrated marketing campaigns created for all new airlines to achieve maximum coverage in the region.
  • Fully integrated PR support including inaugural route launches.
  • Contract specific and financial support (negotiated).

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment area – centred upon the cities of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.
  • 60-minute catchment area – 8.2 million people live within a one-hour drive time.
  • 120-minute catchment area – 30.7 million people live within a two-hour drive time.

The engines that make the Dreamliner's new routes possible are made by Rolls-Royce in Derby – East Midlands serves the UK's engineering and industrial heartland including hi-tech automotive clusters spun off from motor racing around Silverstone and Donington – a neighbour of the airport.

Under-served freight opportunities (and region)

  • Perishable products (South America).
  • Chinese high-end manufacturing (Shanghai and Hong Kong).
  • Pharmaceuticals and textiles (India).
  • Unserved freight opportunities also exist in Southeast Asia.
  • East Midlands Airport offers substantial capacity with close proximity and strong road links with London.

East Midlands' near-3,000m long runway is open every minute of the year. The airport's recent £14m infrastructure investment has improved the car parking, security and retail offer, in addition the premium 'Escape' business lounge opened in 2014.


  • Highly accessible by road, rail and coach.
  • Excellent, regular bus connections from the airport to Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Loughborough, Long Eaton and Coalville.
  • Scheduled National Express coach services to the north, south and west of the UK.
  • London = one hour 40 minutes via train.

Infrastructure & Operations

Runway(s): One; 2,893m.

Opening Hours: 24h, 365 days a year.

Parking stands: 66.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • £12 million investment in terminal redevelopment to improve the security and retail offer.
  • £2 million investment in on-site car park operations.
  • New premium ‘Escape’ lounge opened in 2014.

Vital statistics

  • Over 14 leading airlines and tour operators.
  • Over 80 destinations served.
  • Over 22 countries served.
  • Over 76,000 air transport movements per annum.
  • 310,000 tonnes of air cargo.
  • Largest pure freight cargo airport in the UK.
  • Principle cargo UK hub for DHL, UPS, Royal Mail and TNT.


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