East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGNX)

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Sicily Underserved
Leakage from the EMA catchment was 5,000 (CAA 2011).
Although served through part-weekly charter operations, there is sufficient regional demand to support

Other major reasons to serve this airport

The real home of Robin Hood. The East Midlands region offers significant tourism potential, ranging from Sherwood Forest itself, to the stunning Peak District National Park.

Centrally located in the heart of the English Midlands, East Midlands is home to a diverse business and leisure community.

Major companies in the region include 3M, Aston Martin, AstraZeneca, Avon, Boots, Brush, Cadbury, Capital One, Carlsberg, Caterpillar, Jaguar, JCB, Rolls Royce, Royal Doulton and Toyota.

In addition, more than 1,000 foreign owned companies are located in the region, including key Indian financial banks; Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank, Canara Bank, Habib Bank AG Zurich, State Bank of India, Islamic Bank of Britain Plc and Punjab National Bank.

The East Midlands is home to 10 universities; 219,000 students and more than 41,000 international students.

Attractions include:

  • Sherwood Forest – home to the legend of Robin Hood
  • Peak District – Britain’s oldest National Park attracting more than 20 million visitors a year
  • Four of the oldest clubs in the English Football League – Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Derby County and Leicester City
  • England’s most successful rugby union club – Leicester Tigers
  • Trent Bridge cricket ground – world renowned venue for past and future Test Matches including the 2013 and 2015 Ashes Tests

Attractive route start-up programmes promise community engagement to boost new route viabaility.

Marketing and other support

East Midlands Airport marketing team are here to be an extension of your marketing team. There are a wide range of marketing initiatives available to new and existing carriers supporting business, consumer and trade opportunities at a strategic and tactical level. We have local insight and knowledge to add value to your marketing activity.

East Midlands Airport

Catchment Area

Attractive route start-up programmes promise community engagement to boost new route viabaility.

  • Within 60 minutes: 7.2 million people
  • Within 120 minutes: 23.4 million people

EMA serves the three main city regions of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby as well as drawing passengers from South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire to serve the English Midlands region.

EMA’s catchment is home to the UK’s largest Indian population (340,000 / 27%) outside London, predominantly residing in Leicester. The ancestral origin of the East Midlands Indian community is primarily from the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. This is reflected in the East Midlands region having the second highest proportion of Hindus in England, 15% of residents in Leicester are Hindu.

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 other economic impact factors

Why East Midlands Airport?

Currently handling over 300,000 tonnes of flown cargo per year, EMA is the UK’s number 1 pure cargo airport, 2nd only to LHR for total cargo throughput. Nearly 90% of England and Wales within 4 hours truck drive time from EMA, making EMA the ideal consolidation and distribution gateway for all your UK air cargo needs.

EMA is the primary UK hub for DHL, UPS, Aerologic and Royal Mail, and currently serves 28 direct freight destinations, including the USA, the Middle East and China. The airport’s location means you can avoid the congestion of London and the Southeast, both in the air and on the ground, and ensure your goods connect as efficiently as possible.

Aerial view of EMA. The large apron on the left (EMA Cargo West) and the smaller apron on the right (EMA Cargo east are dedicated to cargo aircraft, and capable of handling every commercial aircraft in the sky.

EMA Cargo West is currently undergoing an extension which will add 4 widebody long term parking stands for cargo aircraft, ideal for tech stops and ad hoc charter activity. These stands will be able to simultaneously accommodate 2 x AN124 and 2 x B767-300ER type aircraft, or similar combinations including B747-400F, C-17 Globemaster, and smaller aircraft types.

Email: cargo@magairports.com

24/7 operation, no slot constraints and convenient access to 90% of the UK within four hours by road make East Midlands the second largest UK choice for freight outside of Heathrow. New additions to infrastructure include the 220-room, $30m East Midlands Airport Radisson Blu Hotel which opened 2011.


EMA has excellent connections to the UK’s main motorway networks (M1 and M42) allowing convenient access to 90% of the country within 4 hours drive time.

Within two hours drive time – London and Manchester

EMA is frequently served by bus links connecting the airport to surrounding town and city regions and East Midlands Parkway (railway station) is situated nearby (4miles) with discounted taxi-transfer to and from the airport.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Operating hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Runway: 2,893m
  • Single intercontinental runway (09/27) – runway CATIII-equipped
  • 27 dedicated passenger aircraft stands
  • No runway slot constraints
  • RFFS – Category 8. Category 9 by arrangement
  • 1 main passenger terminal and apron

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Two 45m wind turbines installed in May 2011 – the first installation of its kind at a UK airport – generating 5% of EMA’s electricity
  • Extension of the airside departure lounge retail space 2009
  • Construction of a new “green energy efficient pier” 2007
  • Arrivals hall extension and development of Bus Interchange 2006

Vital statistics

  • Over 4.0 million passengers per annum (75% scheduled / 25% charter and 90% international / 10% domestic)
  • Over 90 direct destinations served
  • No. 1 pure freight airport handling over 300,000 tonnes of cargo per annum