East Midlands Airport is located at Castle Donington in North West Leicestershire, 8.1 miles southeast of Derby. It serves Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire.
It is owned by the Manchester Airports Group which is controlled by the ten metropolitan boroughs of Greater Manchester and is the largest UK-owned airport group.
East Midlands Airport is the twelfth busiest Airport in the UK, and the second busiest airport for freight traffic.
Originally RAF Castle Donington but was closed in 1946. East Midlands Airport was bought by a consortium of local government authorities and opened in 1965. The airfield was established with a 5,850ft runway, taxiway, new hangar floor, aprons, and car parking spaces.The runway and terminal were extended in 1970. In the late 1970s the runway was extended further to 7,490ft and the terminal was upgraded. In 1985, the terminal was extended further and the airport became a public limited company in 1987. In 1993, the airport was purchased by National Express Group who extended the runway to handle long haul flights and constructed a new control tower.
In 2000, DHL Aviation opened a new cargo facility on the site and a business park was built next to the airport. National Express Group sold East Midlands Airport in 2001 to Manchester Airports Group. The terminal building has been extended and remodelled and the arrivals hall extended. A new transport interchange has been created and a new pier built.
East Midlands Airport has established itself as a hub for low fare airlines, Bmibaby, and Ryanair. It offers domestic flights and European short haul destinations. It also offers long haul flights to the Dominican Republic, Orlando, Cancun, and Goa.
The airport is a major base for Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook, and BMI have a maintenance base located at East Midlands Airport.
East Midlands Aeropark to the north west corner of the airport has a large number of static aircraft on public display. The museum and its exhibits are managed and maintained by the Aeropark Volunteers Association. It also offers two excellent viewing mounds for watching aircraft arriving and departing from the main runway. AVA Members are allowed free access to the Aeropark.
Getting to East Midlands Airport
The airport has excellent connections to the motorway network due to its proximity to the M1 and M42, bringing the airfield within easy reach of the major population centres of the Midlands. The Sat Nav postcode is DE74 2SA.
The closest railway station is East Midlands Parkway, which is 4 miles away. For train timetable information and to book your train ticket please visit East Midlands Trains.
A National Express service connects the Airport with Sheffield and Leeds, and also Coventry, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.
The official airport Taxi Private Hire service is provided by Arrow Cars.
There are Short Stay, Express Park, Long Stay or Shuttle car parks on the airport site. More information on car parking can be found on the official website.