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LocationNottingham East Midlands Airport is located near Castle Donington in Leicestershire. It lies sandwiched between the cities of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. All these cities are within a 30 mile radius of the airfield.

Know your Airport - East Midlands International Airport is a major regional airport with excellent modern facilities. Its proximity to the motorway network is a bonus. With an overgrowing number of airlines using the airport, passenger levels are increasing quickly. In August 2000, the airport was used by over 270,000 passengers. The airport offer sits services to scheduled flight operators catering to over 14 European destinations. East Midlands has established itself as a focal point for low fares airlines like easyJet, bmibaby and Ryanair. Driven by their services the airlines serves a range of domestic as well as European short haul destinations. The airport is one of the largest cargo airports in the United Kingdom. In 2004, East Midlands Airport was renamed Nottingham East Midlands Airport.  

Airport Structure

  Terminals – The East Midlands airport terminal was opened initially with the airport in the 1970s. over the years it has undergone its own share of development like the rest of the airport including a £3 million extension opened by Princess Anne in 1985. Nowadays over 4 million passengers pass through the terminal every year.

Transit systems
– No automated transit system is available in East Midlands Airport. But travelers can use stair-cases and elevators are reliable transit systems in operation. Since there is no other terminal, the system has been left simple, to facilitate quick check-ins and check-outs.

Inside the terminals
– There is an Information Desk, in the Main Terminal Building. This is open for 24 hours a day catering to passenger enquiries. The check-in times for both International flights and European flights is 2 hours prior to departure. For domestic flights, the time is just an hour before departure. Boarding generally begins around 45 minutes before departure.

Safety - Enhanced security measures means that check-ins can take longer than it used to at East Midlands. It is advised that you arrive at the airport in plenty of time. It is advised that one should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with particular airline before packing. Some items like scissors, blades, knives, needles and even pool cues/darts are not allowed while traveling. The security troops have strict policies for cylinders, magnets, fire-lighters, poisons and radioactive materials. The airport has been spared of delays and emergency security landings.

Business facilities
– Customers looking for a calm place to work or full relaxation before their flight can use the executive lounges at East Midlands Airport. They offer the travelers the opportunity to take advantage of high quality services and business facilities. Children are also allowed inside if supervised and over the age of 8 years old. There is a bar area which features complimentary beers, wines and spirits, beverages, soft drinks and snacks. Like all modern airports, East Midlands Airport lounges offer newspapers and magazines to the travelers. The travelers can also enjoy flatscreen television and flight information screens available here. The business facilities on offer include writing desks, internet access, telephone and fax. Photocopying services are available for a small charge. Requests for first aid should be made at the information desk and there are dedicated first-aid cubicles if travelers require privacy. Click here to know more.

Family interests
– Entertainment for children are a must for keeping children occupied as adults go on shopping. A video games zone is situated in the Terminal and there is an indoor aircraft viewing balcony in some cafes. All the eateries at the airport especially have high chairs and bottle warming service. Children's meals and party packs are also available. The child friendly areas in bars come with high chairs and strict regulation on smoking. A range of shops are available in the main terminal and international departures area. These offer products on health and beauty, good books and great music, and funny toys. The shops are all duty free. A wide selection of restaurants, takeaways and snack options are available on the first floor.

  Special service – Passengers who hold a disabled badge may park in the short stay car park at the relevant medium or long stay prices. East Midlands airport looks after the needs of the disabled travelers with a keen eye. We have dedicated spaces a short distance from the terminal and porters are also available. A pick-up area is provided on the terminal front for the collection of disabled passengers. Wheel-chairs are also available.

Parking options
– There are off airport and on airport parking option. Valet service is available as per request. The on airport East Midlands car parks are only a short distance from the terminal building. But passengers can avail of the free transfer shuttle buses from car parks. These shuttle buses drop the passengers off at the terminal building. For medium to long stay parking, the minimum stay is for 4 days. For longer durations, the long-stay parking options are the perfect choice. They are suitable for a city break or for a ten day holiday.

Extra information
- The East Midlands International airport has one of the most beautiful sights on offer at the Aeropark. It is located to the North West corner of the airport and has a number of static aircraft on display. For the travelers interested in old aeroplanes and carriers, the Aeropark is a boon. The impressive list of machines on display includes EE Lightning F.Mk53 ZF588, Avro Vulcan B2a XM 575, Argosy 101G BEOZ, EE Canberra T.17 WH740, Hawker Hunter T.7 XL569, HS Buccaneer S 2B XV350, Westland Whirlwind XG588 and the Westland Wessex HAS.1 XS876. The famous Vickers Varsity WL626, Gloster Meteor TT20 WM224, Supermarine Spitfire Mk IV PL256 (Replica), Vickers Viscount 807 G-CSZB (Cockpit) and Vickers Vanguard V953c G-APES (Cockpit) can also be seen at this place. Even a Vampire under restoration is displayed for the prying eyes of aeroplane-lovers.

Leaving from East Midlands airport – The airport has first-rate connections to the motorway network due to its proximity to the M1 and M42 motorways. It also is within easy reach of the major population centers of the midlands. However travelers looking for access by train might be a tad disappointed. The closest railway station is Long Eaton. The Airline Shuttle service links the airport directly Nottingham, Leicester and in a roundabout way to Derby. The train operator is Midland Mainline. They are building a new railway station East Midlands Parkway closer to the airport. It will also have a link with the shuttle bus service.

- There is an International Currency Exchange center available in the departures and arrivals areas. There is an Information Desk located in the main terminal and is open 24 hours. Several car hire companies are available in the arrivals area.

Airlines operating from East Midlands Airport

  bmi, bmibaby, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Ryanair etc.

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