East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport Overview
East Midlands Airport lies close to the cities of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester and offers service to destinations in the U.K. as well as major European cities. Once a Royal Air Force airfield, new economy carriers including Ryanair and Bmibaby and favourite holiday airlines such as Thomson Airways utilize the facility. Travellers rely on this airport for both holiday and business travel and the facility which incorporates one terminal, sees an average travel rate of approximately 4.75 million passengers per year.
East Midlands Airport, code EMA, is owned by the Manchester Airports Group, a corporation that controls the various airports within the Greater Manchester region. Located at Castle Donington, Derby, the airport resides 21 km southwest of Nottingham. Visitors have access to the airport from the M1 and M42 roadways as well as rail station at the East Midlands Parkway.
Upon arrival, a selection of shops including book stores, boutiques and a unique aviation gift centre offer conveniences and novelties to purchase before taking a flight. Food and beverage choices including a Burger King, snack and sandwich shops, coffee kiosks, pubs and bars. Free Wi-Fi service is provided for 30-minute Internet access within the terminal.
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Several options for car parking include a short stay lot for a quick pick up or drop off and long stay car parks that may be booked ahead. The short stay car park adjacent to the terminal features a non-cash pay station that accepts credit card payments. Offsite long stay car parks provide a cost effective choice for parking longer than a 24-hour period. Car parks 1-4 are walking distance to the terminal, the outer lots, 6 and 7, are serviced by a shuttle bus.
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For visitors to the East Midlands Airport who require personal transportation, Europcar car hire stations are found at the terminal or at nearby locations in Derby, Mansfield and Nottingham. Other major car hire choices including Avis, Alamo, Budget and Hertz maintain desks at the Arrivals Hall directly within the terminal.
East Midlands Airport Hotels
Guests staying at the Holiday Inn Express at East Midlands Airport receive a complimentary breakfast and have access to an onsite restaurant. The rooms include a desk, sofa bed and standard hotel amenities.
The Hilton East Midlands facilities include an indoor pool, fitness centre and conference rooms. Guests enjoy the full bar and convenient onsite restaurant.
The central location of EMA motivates carriers such as Ryanair to use the facility as a hub for facilitating connections throughout Europe. Frequently serviced destinations on Ryanair include Rome, Naples, Barcelona, Geneva and Amsterdam and other major European cities. Jet2com, BMI and other small carriers service the Greek Isles and other holiday locations. Fly/cruise holidays to favourite destinations such as Barbados, Acapulco and New Orleans are often booked through East Midlands that supports several tour operators.
Public transportation rail service includes convenient access to EMA from the East Midlands Parkway Station located near the terminal. Passengers should book a seat on the station to airport shuttle at least 12 hours prior to departure for a reduced rate and guaranteed seat. At regular 30 minute intervals, direct service to the airport is available at the Derby and Nottingham train stations.
The Skylink bus system offers 24 hour service from Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Loughborough to East Midlands. National Express Bus transfers may also be accessed directly from car park nos. 6 and 7 and run every 15 minutes. Taxi service from Arrow Cars may be prearranged or summoned at the terminal.
There are several taxi companies in the East Midlands area that can take you to and from East Midlands Airport. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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