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East Midlands International Airport Guide


East Midlands International airport is located 8 miles away from the city of Derby and is the country’s 11th busiest airport. It has one main terminal that serves over 4.5 million passengers every year and is owned and operated by the Manchester Airport Group. It is the country’s second largest cargo airport preceded by London Heathrow. It is also a major hub for low cost airlines such as the Ryanair and BMI. The airport serves several destinations in Europe and the United Kingdom. In 2010 the airport was named the world’s most eco friendly airport and the best regional airport by the British Travel awards association.


The airport was opened to public in the year 1965 by Prince Philip. The airport which was developed on site of the Royal Air Force base was initially owned by the National Express Group. In 2000, it was sold to Manchester Airport Group. The airport has been subjected to extensions twice in the 1970s, also was once equipped to support less than half a million passengers, which can now serve more than 5 million passengers.

Transport Links

The closest railway station to the airport is the East Midlands Parkway station (4 miles). Trains from this station connect directly to Derby, London, Nottingham and Leicester. Shared taxi services are available between the airport and railway station at a cost of £6.00 GBP per person. Skylink bus services can be availed directly outside the terminal at a regular interval; this service connects the airport to Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and other local destinations throughout the day. Coach services from outside the airport can be availed to several destinations such as London Heathrow, Gatwick, Leeds, Sheffield and Coventry. Outside the arrivals hall taxis and pre booked minicabs are available.


Most airports in the United Kingdom are better equipped than their counterparts in other countries. The East Midlands International Airport is no exception. Cash machines, payphones, currency exchange kiosks, restrooms, infant rooms and prayer halls make travelling much easier at East Midlands airport. Business travellers can enjoy first class luxury at the hotel lounge for an additional fee. The lounges offer complimentary drinks and snacks and free Wi-Fi connectivity. Wired internet kiosks with fax and printing facilities are also available. An elaborate children’s play area and a fish therapy spa are the additional highlights of the airport.

Shops and Restaurants

The airport has a duty free shop that offers top brands in fragrance and fashion. Most stalls are located in the departures area and these include book stores, electrical goods and beauty products. There are plenty of cafes and fast food outlets to be found and the most famous option among them is an American-Italian style restaurant in the departures area.

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