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Regional airports such as East Midlands need more attention!

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Page last updated: 28th Oct 2016 - 03:29 PM

The expansion decision of Heathrow Airport has forced calls for maximisation of airports within the midlands. With the third runway at Heathrow becoming a certainty, the Managing Director of East Midlands Airport Andy Cliffe has said attentions should switch to regional airports; an example which has been put forward from Barton and Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant for the expansion of Birmingham Airport.

He told Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport: "With the third runway decision made in London, I am keen that we turn our focus to Birmingham.
"With more new jobs being created in the West Midlands than anywhere outside London, the only area in Europe enjoying a trade surplus with China, and the only airport actually linked with HS2, we need our airport to expand to take full advantage of the economic prospects now on offer."

There is currently no timescale on when the new Heathrow runway might be built but progress is now expected to be made after Theresa May's Government backed the plan. The exact location of the runway also remains unclear with some speculating it may be built above the M25.

Mr Cliffe, said: "Aviation's role of connecting Britain to the world is vital for our economy. Now that this important decision has been taken, the government should focus on a new aviation policy to maximise the contribution of regional airports and increase global connectivity across the country.

"Airports up and down the UK, including East Midlands, play a vital role in their regional economies and are critical to the future prosperity of the regions they serve and the country as a whole. For example, at East Midlands Airport we plan to double the number of passengers flying from the airport and triple the amount of freight handled.

"Utilising this capacity and bringing global connections nearer to local businesses is what will drive the Midlands Engine and our economy forward during the decade this runway will take to deliver. Figures show that utilising East Midlands Airport's capacity would more than double our economic contribution to £600m a year."

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80 jobs at East Midlands Airport

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Page last updated: 1st Sep 2016 - 02:52 PM

A major recruitment plan has begun by Jet2 as it aims to increase numbers of cabin crew, pilots and engineering staff.

A recruitment roadshow will be held at the Jurys Inn Hotel (next to the airport) on September 7th from 10am-6pm. The big news follows the launch of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’s largest ever flight and holiday scheme for the summer of 2017 from the East Midlands Airport. 80 new jobs are the product of the East Midlands Airport scheme to try and increase staff numbers.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: "Our family-friendly formula is clearly working with customers and it means that we're one of the UK's fastest growing airlines.”

"We have exciting plans to expand the number of destinations we fly to, as well as the number of UK bases we fly from, and this means that our team is growing all the time too.”

"If you're a pilot, engineer or aspiring cabin crew, and want to join the team of the UK's favourite airline, then we'd be delighted to see you at our East Midlands Airport roadshow."

Jet2 are looking to invest into the next stages of its development plans after recently providing an 8th UK base in Birmingham and purchasing 30 new B737-800 aircrafts beginning in September for a 2 year period.

The extra number of aircrafts means that Jet2 can also expand its travel destinations. New travel locations include Costa Brava, Naples, Split and Paris – taking the number of hotspots to 32.

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Celebrating steady increase in passenger numbers

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Page last updated: 23rd Jun 2016 - 11:44 AM

In May East Midlands Airport, located 20 minutes from Derby in Castle Donington, saw a huge increase in passenger numbers compared to the same month last year. It has been reported that May 2016 saw 484,180 passengers travel through the airport, which is said to be a 4.5% increase on this time last year.

The good news is this is not the first time East Midlands Airport have seen an increase. May actually marks the 6 month in consecutive growth for the airport, meaning they are seeing more and more passengers pass through the airport every single month.

Andy Cliffe, who is Airport Managing Director, spoke to The Leicester Mercury about the airport’s continuing success. "As we approach the school holidays, which is the busiest time of the year, we are pleased to see continual growth here at East Midlands Airport.”

We can’t wait to see the effects of the continuing success at EMA. Have you had a positive experience that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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Four new summer routes from East Midlands Airport announced

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Page last updated: 21st Apr 2016 - 04:58 PM

We know you probably have this year sorted in terms of your summer holiday, but for those organised people who are already looking into their 2017 getaway, East Midlands Airport may have a little bit of inspiration for you. Jet2, who offer flights for low fares, have added four brand new summer routes from EMA.

The airline has added Girona in Spain to the mix, with twice weekly flights being added from the 28th May to the end of October. With gorgeous scenery and also the recently chosen location for the hit TV show ‘Game of Thrones’, Girona is certainly a place we’re putting on our ‘to visit’ list.

If that doesn’t take your fancy, how about a visit to one of the most romantic cities in the World? Yes, you guessed it - Paris! Where better to explore the sights with your better half than the French Capital? Don’t forget, there are lots of museums to look round and of course, the Eiffel Tower to visit, which makes for a great holiday photo, if nothing else!

Jet2 have also decided they will run weekly flights to Naples in Italy. With picturesque walks and stunning buildings, Naples is ideal for a week’s holiday. Plus, we haven’t even mentioned the food; if you’re a fan of Italian food, this is the place to eat it.

The fourth and final route is Split in Croatia. If you are into your history and you enjoy walks along some of the most beautiful beaches in the World, this is the place for you. Flights from East Midlands Airport will take place weekly from April 30th until October 1st.

If we’ve managed to tempt you, leave a comment in the section below and tell us which route piques your interest!

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East Midlands Airport announces 2016 summer schedule

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Page last updated: 18th Dec 2015 - 04:22 PM

East Midlands Airport sees around 4 million passengers a year and employs around 6,000 staff. After announcing a new flight schedule for the summer of 2016, could we see an improvement on both of these figures?

East Midlands Airport and Ryanair have joined forces and have announced they will be adding a further 35 routes across Europe, thus creating a summer schedule to remember!
This will mean that you will be able to reach some of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, without queuing for hours.

The routes include Malaga in Spain and Chania in Greece, which are both popular with tourists during the summer months. With these extra routes, the airport is expecting a further 2.3m passengers next year. With airlines already flying long-haul from East Midlands to Cancun and Orlando, the airport is certainly moving with the times and gradually becoming the more popular choice.

More destinations you will now be able to choose from include; Corfu, Lanzarote, Berlin and Krakow. If any of these take your fancy, make sure you look into flying from East Midlands Airport and remember to use our guide when you’ve booked your tickets!

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East Midlands Airport set to double

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Page last updated: 13th Mar 2014 - 09:37 AM

East Midlands Airport has been making plans to double the number of passengers that move through the airport each year. The idea is to widen the scope of European destinations within the next year in order to attract more passengers.

A new 'sustainable development plan' has been launched with plans to grow from 4 million passengers a year to 10 million within the next 30 years. This will mean a huge expansion for East Midlands airport, including the creation of 7000 jobs and the building of new terminals.

This announcement comes amidst a huge push by the parent company, Manchester Airports Group (MAG) to turn around many of their less popular airports. Social Responsibility Director of MAG, Neil Robinson, has said: "We're forecasting big increases in passenger numbers. And jobs will double in line with that."

One of the main reasons for the change is to provide more convenience for the passenger. Currently, East Midlands Airport does not offer flights to many of the top European destinations, meaning holiday-makers have to travel to other regions in order to get there. Robinson hopes to give these passengers a chance to fly from East Midlands, an airport closer to their homes, by including more European destinations in their routes.

Despite the growth in traffic, MAG are concerned about reducing the carbon footprint of the airport and have also set targets to address for this. Robinson assured the public that going forward they would be aiming to increase recycling and to put an end to waste being dumped into landfills, as part of their new environmentally-friendly policy.

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Jet2 pledges new routes

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Page last updated: 15th Jun 2011 - 02:34 PM

Next year, travellers near East Midlands Airport (EMA) will be able to choose two new destinations from their holiday brochure, thanks to a UK-wide expansion from Yorkshire-based carrier, Jet2. The airline will begin flying from the Castle Donnington hub to the cities of Murcia and Malaga in May 2012.

Murcia is the capital of the autonomous (self-governing) region of the same name, located in southeastern Spain. The city enjoys a privileged position on the fertile Segura River, and counts lettuce, oranges, and tomatoes as its primary exports. However, Murcia is perhaps best known for its scorching summers, and the baroque styling of its buildings, which include the Cathedral of Murcia, one of the tallest in Spain.

EMA’s second new route, Malaga, needs no introduction. The Spanish city is, alongside Alicante and Benidorm, one of the most popular ‘sun and sea’ resorts in Western Europe.

Jet2’s decision to sell tickets almost a year in advance might seem unusual, but the move could prove beneficial for both the airline, and its customers. Pre-sales will give Jet2 some indication of how well its two new routes are going to perform, while customers can benefit from the low prices typically offered during advance sales promotions.

The silver and red carrier claims that “customer demand” was the impetus for its decision to add new routes at EMA. Jet2 has also cited its bourgeoning popularity for an increase in flight capacity on its routes from the airport. An alleged 4,300 extra seats will be available on aeroplanes bound for Alicante, the Algarve, Majorca, and Tenerife, from May next year.

Flights from EMA to Malaga and Murcia will operate five and three times a week, respectively. Prices begin at £34.99.

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Jet2 suspends EMA-Egypt flights

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Page last updated: 28th Feb 2011 - 04:59 PM

Civil unrest in North Africa and the Middle East is having serious consequences for British holidaymakers, as airlines continue to suspend flights from UK airports to affected countries.

Earlier this month, Leeds-based airline, Jet2, announced a suspension of its routes from the UK to the resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada in Egypt. The cancellation, which comes into effect at the beginning of March, will see flights lost at East Midlands and Leeds Bradford airports, and up to seven other Jet2 hubs. The carrier says that protests against the three-decade rule of Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down as the Egyptian president on February 11 2011, were a risk to the safety and comfort of travellers.

The red and silver airline will increase capacity on routes to Spain and Portugal, equal to 70,000 extra seats, to compensate for the scrapped flights to Egypt. Customers who are already booked onto flights from the UK to the Red Sea region will have their money refunded. Discounts on future bookings will be available to flyers who have been affected by the airline’s escape from Egypt. However, the promise of a cheaper holiday in future has done little to appease travellers who have been forced to return to the UK. Peter O’Reilly, a retiree from Somerset, cut his trip to Sharm el Sheikh short by seven days, amid fears that he would be abandoned by Jet2 on the return journey.

Whilst the risk of further protests in Egypt has fallen with the retirement of Hosni Mubarak from office, Jet2 has yet to abort the March 1 cancellation of its flights to the Land of the Pharaohs. Conspiracy theorists could argue that Jet2 is using the Egyptian protests as 'cover' for a pre-planned exodus from the region. News agency, Reuters Africa, notes that British Airways (BA), Iberia, and Air France have also cancelled routes to Egypt. “The lack of demand made the services unfeasible,” explained the website.

BA, alongside KLM and Emirates, has also cut flights to Libya, as armed conflicts wage in the cities surrounding the capital, Tripoli.

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EMA seeks to control the elements

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Page last updated: 3rd Feb 2011 - 03:08 PM

Over the years, East Midlands Airport, located in Castle Donnington, has invested a great deal of money in sustainable technologies, new power sources, and ‘eco-awareness’ events, such as the Big Green Week held during October 2010. The airport is now attempting to harness the power of the elements, by investing in two giant (45m) wind turbines. Officials hope that the twin windmills will generate around 5% of the airport’s power needs.

Described as a “significant investment for the airport and the environment” by Neil Robinson, East Midlands’ chief of sustainability, the turbines, due to be completed in March 2011, will remain at the site for two decades. The Leicestershire hub is the first major airport in the UK to have installed more than one wind turbine on its grounds. The only other site that comes close is Bristol Airport, which recently completed work on a single 20m tall windmill.

Airports are often obliged to develop and install eco-friendly technologies, due to the high levels of pollution produced by low-flying aeroplanes, but airports and windmills are poor bedfellows. Turbines, especially when clustered together, can mask the radar signature of an approaching aircraft, hiding the plane beneath ‘clutter’. Officials at East Midlands have not mentioned how this problem will be overcome, but other airports, such as Kent, were forced to spend millions of pounds on new equipment to keep radar screens clear.

Work on East Midland’s newest investments has only just begun, with “ground clearance and foundation work” forming the majority of the work conducted in January 2011. The airport has permission from Leicester City Council to build two more turbines, though it is currently unknown if the remaining structures will be built before 2030, when the first two windmills are decommissioned.

Staying with the theme of weather, East Midlands Airport is to spend £3m on new snow-clearing equipment over the next few years, in a bid to prevent the chaos that ensued after the heavy snowfall in December 2010. The Castle Donnington hub, unlike Doncaster, Edinburgh, and Heathrow, was not closed during the snowstorms, but a number of flights were subjected to delays. Brad Miller, chief executive at the airport, said that clearance crews “need the tools to do the job”.

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Flights to 'more than double,' says Jet2

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Page last updated: 8th Dec 2010 - 12:12 PM

Budget airline, Jet2, has announced a huge expansion to its operations in the Midlands and Northern England, due to commence in 2011. The carrier, which is based in Leeds, will create 600 jobs next summer, including flight and engineering crews, as 26 new routes enter circulation at Manchester, Leeds Bradford, and East Midlands airports.

The airline’s parent, Dart Group, PLC, said that summer 2010 was ‘record breaking,’ in terms of passengers flown, with Jet2’s bases in the north drawing crowds of millions (2.8m, to be precise) during the peak ‘sun and sea’ season.

However, Jet2’s presence at Castle Donnington hub, East Midlands, is perhaps the biggest success story of recent months. The airline has held a base at the airport for just six months, but the regional airport has experienced faster growth than the majority of Jet2’s bases in the UK.

Philip Meeson, Jet2’s CEO, said, “We are delighted that we've had such a successful first summer at East Midlands.” Meeson noted that Jet2 is the “only airline” to have added routes from the Castle Donnington airport for 2011. Flights to Alicante, Bodrum, Faro, Palma, and Rhodes will begin in May and June, creating 39 jobs.

Jet2 hopes that the new destinations will boost the number of passengers flying with the carrier from the Midlands to 300,000 per year. The hike in customers will be aided by the delivery of one new aircraft to the hub, a Boeing 757.

The Yorkshire airline has also invested in ergonomic seating with “great legroom.” The new seats, says Jet2, will be a feature of all aircraft next year, and could be instrumental in reducing airfares, as they are lighter than the average airline seat.

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