East Midlands Airport could have a new cargo site

Parcel delivery service, UPS have submitted plans to build a new £100 million air freight terminal which could see 1,000 new jobs come with it to East Midlands Airport.

The national organisation is planning on constructing a brand new sorting and delivery office on land which is currently used by East Midlands Airport as parking.

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350 new jobs available at East Midlands Airport

Amplified by a 7% increase in passenger numbers at East Midlands in summer 2016 (4.6 million), it is predicted that the number of travellers using the facilities is only going to increase further in 2017 and therefore more jobs at the airport will be needed to accommodate. Held on January 28th, the annual job fair at at East Midlands Airport will host 14 companies from around the site. Staff from the airport itself will be in attendance and a special effort will be made on filling positions within cargo companies and passenger services (such as security, car parking & bar/restaurant service)

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Regional airports such as East Midlands need more attention!

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.

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80 jobs at East Midlands Airport

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.

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Celebrating steady increase in passenger numbers

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

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!


East Midlands Airport announces 2016 summer schedule

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!


East Midlands Airport set to double

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.


Jet2 pledges new routes

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.


Jet2 suspends EMA-Egypt flights

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.