East Midlands Airport is a major international airport in the East Midlands of England. It is not located in one particular city, but rather is almost exactly between the three major cities of England’s East Midlands – Leicester, Nottingham and Derby. It is both a large hub for low cost airlines, and an important distribution centre for cargo and freight flights into and out of the region. Between 4 and 5 million people journey through the airport every year, making it one of the busiest airports in the UK. All of the flights which come into and leave from East Midlands Airport can be tracked for free on the Flight Tracker on this site.
The History of East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport is located near to the historic Castle Donnington, and was purchased by the government in 1966 with the aim of launching a major programme of infrastructure investment. Opening in 1965, East Midlands Airport is now established as a regional hub for low cost airlines. The airport underwent major redevelopment at the start of the 21st century, with the introduction of an improved terminal, and superior car parking. The airport has become a large centre for mail and freight flights since its opening, and is now the second busiest airport for freight in the country.
Destinations from East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport runs flights to many destinations, largely within Europe. There are regular scheduled flights to popular holiday destinations, such as Madeira, Tenerife, Faro, Limoges and Lanzarote. There are also seasonal flights to destinations such as Boa Vista, Paphos, Thessaloniki and Jersey. In season there are flights to destinations outside of Europe such as Cancun and Orlando. To check out which flights are in the air around East Midlands Airport in real time, take a look at the Flight Radar on this site.
Airlines at East Midlands Airport
Several low cost airlines are in operation at East Midlands Airport. These include Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and Thomson Airways. Seasonally there are a few other which service the airport, such as Air Europa, Enter Air and Small Planet Airlines. There are also many cargo lines in operation at the airport, such as ASL Airlines, DHL Aviation, Etihad Cargo and Royal Mail. These airlines’ flights can be tracked easily using the Flight Radar on this site.
Flying from East Midlands Airport
East Midlands is in a unique position when it comes to UK airports. While most airports in the UK serve one particular city, East Midlands Airport serves a region, and is located between three distinct cities. This means that the airport is of use to a large variety of people in different locations. Passengers at East Midlands Airport tend to be from the eastern side of the country, although it is easily reachable by car from the North West and West Midlands regions of the UK. East Midlands Airport is a great place to start a journey on one of the many low cost airlines who operate from the airport. To see which planes are in the skies around East Midlands Airport now, and to follow them to their destinations, check out the Flight Tracker on the site now.