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East Midlands Airport, England

East Midlands Airport (IATA: EMA) is an international airport in East Midlands, situated 22 km (13.5 miles) from the city of Derby, 24 km (15 miles) from Nottingham and 32 km (20 miles) from Leicester. It is the 13th busiest airport in the UK, handling 4.9 million passengers in 2017. The airport is a regional hub and base for several low-cost airlines and tour operators. International flights include both scheduled and seasonal flights mainly between destinations in Europe. The airport comprises of a single runway and one passenger terminal for arrivals and departures. Ground transport from East Midlands Airport includes local buses, coaches (long distance buses), taxis and car rentals.

 
 

Airlines & Flights

Currently eight airlines operate at East Midlands Airport, flying domestic and international destinations mainly within Europe. However, there are a few long-haul transatlantic flights to North America and the Caribbean. International flights include scheduled and seasonal flights to many popular holiday destinations. Main airlines operating at the airport include Jet2.com, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and TUI Airways. Other airlines here include Aurigny, BH Air (seasonal), BMI Regional and Flybe.

East Midlands Airport by Robin Stott

On the domestic routes, East Midlands Airport connects with Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Guernsey. Major routes on international flights include Alicante, Dublin, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Malaga, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife. Other destinations in Europe include Barcelona, Corfu, Menorca, Murcia, Paphos and Wroclaw. Long haul transatlantic flights include Barbados (Caribbean), Cancun (Mexico) and Orlando (United States).

Airport Facilities

You can enjoy free Wi-Fi internet access at East Midland Airport for 60 minutes and the speed is generally good enough for messaging, emails and visiting low data sites. There is also a premium service (good for heavy usage and streaming) for £5 per hour and £10 per day. Travelex operates foreign currency exchange desks before and after security, offering over 70 currencies including the euro and US dollar. Travelex also operates ATMs dispensing euro and pound sterling currencies.

Departure area at East Midlands Airport by Andy Mabbett

There is a reasonable range of restaurants and cafes at the airport for those who want from a full meal to a quick snack. Outlets include Burger King, Barley & Beans, Castle Rock, Flat White, Frankie & Benny's and Lavazza Espression. Shops include World Duty Free for great savings on many items. WHSmith sells magazines, newspapers, confectionery, snacks and drinks. Other facilities at the airport include a multi-faith prayer room and a premium lounge for those preferring to relax before flying.

Ground Transport

There is a range of bus and coach services departing daily near the airport terminal to various destinations. There is a Skylink bus service to Nottingham, Derby and Long Eaton. There is also a Skylink service to Loughborough and Leicester. Both services depart from the airport every 20 minutes during the day and hourly during the night. National Express coaches depart to Sheffield and Leeds as well as London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton Airports.

East Midlands Parkway is located 6 km (4 miles) from the airport and provides regular train services to Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham and London. You can get there from the airport by taking a shuttle (minibus) service. Arrow Cars operates a private hire car service at the airport and you can book from the operator located in the arrivals area, book online or call in advance. Car rental companies here include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

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