You have to be fair to this airport and compare it with other similar region airports.
Yes it is small and in need of some updating and refurbishment, but it is an ideal place to fly from if you are local.
We flew to Dublin and, having hand-luggage only, found it quick and efficient.
Parking is not too bad and people picking up passengers can easily wait nearby and be phoned when they are needed.
East Midlands Airport is one of the smallest, most barren airports I've ever been to. It flies small airlines, like RyanAir, and a handful of others, but no EasyJet and no British Airways (not that anyone ever actually flies with British Airways anyway).
If you live near Birmingham, EMA is much easier to get to than Brimingham International Airport - just 20 minutes down the motorway, and bang, you get to go through security and wait with the other travel monkeys to get stuck abroad.
Parking is very good, ample and easy, not cheaper than other airports, but lots of spaces, which you can't argue with.
Unfortunately, EMA is a tiny, hideously nondescript space. The white buildings are nearly empty inside, built for much more concessions which aren't there. There is one bar, which also sells coffee and some food, and one Aviation Books Only bookshop - do not wonder in there looking for the latest James Patterson.
If you want food of the more transitory nature, or alcohol or tobacco, you have to leave the terminal, walk 1/4 mile outside, to the next terminal, where there is an off-licence, another bar and a small cafe.
The information desk staff are very helpful, which anyone who's traveled can appreciate.
EMA is a bit hit and miss, but hey, you're not sleeping at the airport, so go for it.
When you travel regularly on business, using sleek and shiny new terminals populated by insular suits like yourself, its easy to be snobby about regional airports. So I'm going to be snobby about this regional airport.
Its not good. There are always queues at the X-ray machines, becoming enormous at peak times, sometimes snaking out past the check in desks. Inside it is cramped, they have tried to squeeze in as much retail space as possible. You are constantly being harrassed to buy stuff.the screens order you to relax and shop before putting up your gate at the last minute. Christmas is a nightmare, they blare Chrimbo music constantly over the speakers.
Other than that, its well located, you can walk to the terminal from most car parks, including long stay 1.
Great little airport with a few shops, a small space, but basically nothing else. It is quick to get in, and quick to get out from - so if you need to get to the midlands, and can find a flight from where you are to there - then it's highly recommended.
It is also possible to have someone waiting out parked on the main road, and call them once you've collected your luggage, to save on parking costs.
East Midlands airport is basically tiny. The whole passenger terminal fits inside one modest hangar. Arrivals and departures are really one on top of the other and the airplanes are right outside the window. I dont remember there being any amenities apart from toilets, although I might be wrong - I was really rushing to get home.
The good thing about this airport for me is that it's the one that is best connected to Nottingham University. Just hop on the Rainbow number 5, and you'll be back in uni in just over half an hour.
Be careful where you stop your car on this place, we were a little while getting out of the short stay car park after paying and couldn't get past the barrier. On using the intercom at the barrier we were told we would have to pay an additional fee so I reversed up to the nearest pay machine and my wife got out to pay. We eventually got out of the car park but about a week later I got a parking ticket for parking outside the bays!!!
East Midlands Airport is a medium sized airport. Sadly since the days of increased security the layout has greatly changed with shops all located on the passenger side (in the pass the shops were in a main foyer open to all visitors). The cafe overlooking the runway is also closed to visitors so if picking people up or waving them off its all a bit more business like - get in and get out!
There is ample car parking, for short and long stay.
The departure hall is very spacious but can get very busy in the summer months and expect long queues at check in.
Once into the departure lounge it is quite small. There's a small selection of shops and duty free and a good restaurant/cafe. The gates are within wlkign distance - not being an unduly large airport everything is compact and handy. If you do have mobility problems the staff are ver helpful with your needs.
On arriving back the baggage hall is spacious. Once out of baggage hall the arrivals hall is quite small, with telephone kisoks & a coffee bar. When there's a glut of flight or lots of waiting people it can get very crowded. This means it is often quite difficult to get a taxi outside. Also the airport taxi firm is expensive. It is wise to contact another of the local firms beforehand and book. The airport is well served by buses linking with Nottingham, Loughborough and Derby.
In front of the Arrivals hall is a well stocked Spar shop, there is also a BP garage with shop located on site. The Thistle have a hotel on site which can be expensive but there is a good choice of hotels, guest houses and bed & breakfasts in the vicinity.
I like that airport. It is located between Derby and Notts. It is fairly small, but very well organised. Staff is very very helpful and friendly. There are several major airlines operate form EMA, such as Ryanair, easyjet and BMI/BMI Baby. The facilities are ok at the airport. A lot of dutyfree shops, cafes and WHSmiths and Boots. The connection between airport and surrounding is very good. National Express coaches come provide theri service as well so you can get here from across the country! Highly recommended!
so it is small, yes, thus short ways. Nevertheless after you pass Security it has a good variaty of shops, restaurants and bars. In addition it offers free Wifi for 30 min. Gate 1-5 is somehow hidden and the gates in the number numbers around 20 upwards should not be underestimated as they are a good footwalk away (could be a trap for last-minute-junkies)
East Midlands airport is a regional airport located in the East Midlands. The airport is currently owned by the manchester airports group (MAG) and has one passenger terminal building. East Midlands had lots of bus links to towns and cities surrounding the airport, the majority are now operated by skylink, to nottingh, leicester, derby, loughtborough and coalville. Indigo operate an hourly service to long eaton, nottingham, and loughbourough. East Midlands is a low cost no frills airline airport, with a mix of charter traffic from thomsonflt, first choice, and thomas cook. Scheduled services are operated by ryanair, easyjet, bmibaby, manx2, eastern airways, and bmi regional. There is a railway station currently under construction near to kegworth and radcliffe on soar power station, which will serve east midlands airport by bus, the station will have services to london, derby, sheffield, and nottingham direct. Other stations will be avalible with connections.
This is a fantastic airport in terms of facilities and location. The airport is just off the M1 (junction 23a) and is really easy to get to by car. Public transport to the airport is getting better and a train station is due to open near the airport very soon. National Express coaches already go directly to the airport. Flights from the airport go to dozens of locations across the UK and Europe and the airport benefits from Ryanair, easyjet and BMI/BMI Baby all flying to and from the airport. The facilities are great at the airport including a large duty free section, lots of drinking and eating options in the departures area and a WHSmiths, Boots and Accessorize. The airport is very clean, spacious and modern wihich is surprising given the airport has been around for a number of years. A few more destinations on East Midlands list would improve the airport for me but I'm pretty happy using this airport.
good little airport very near donnington race track who failed to get the grand prix. has a visitor sectoin at the back of the airport with old planes for the little ones to look at. the visitor lounge needs renovating and inproving but not bad at all.
This is my local airport and i have use it a few times when goin away on hollyday. In the departur lounge there is many different places to eat or get a drink while you are waiting for your plain. It is also very spacesious and there is many seats for passengers to sit on. There is always compertistions to take part in were you can win cars or large amounts of money which is something to so when waiting. The hygine around the airport and in the toilets is good and i have never had a problem with it. As the airport is farley small compaired to others the shopping is not as good as some other airports but it is not bad. As the airport is smaller than others it makes me like it better as it easier to get round and less likely to get lossed. All of the staff all seemed very friendley and helpfull as well which was nice. There is many bus services also availible to get to the airprot from the main surrounding cities which is helpfull if you dont have a car or you dont want to pay for parkign as it can be expensive. overall i think this airport is a very good airport to fly from and i would recomend it !!
good for parking, and easy to navigate around. easy to get to from M1. i flew with ryanair last 2-3 times, to dublin and to france and booked online, so missed out on what looked like very long queues at check in. food quality and pricing could definitely be improved on, and there was a lack of info on our flight which was delayed by two hours. as airports go pretty average.
as with many other comments, it's small and has the basics. peak times do mean you are likely to be faced with a queue beyond check in just to get through security. But the accessibility by car and handy parking do help make it a little less stressful. check their site for car parking as can be cheaper than other sites.
a really good airport quick and alot of places to eat and buy ! would never go anywhere else !
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