East Midlands Airport is located close to Castle Donington in North West Leicestershire, East Midlands. It is 12.5 miles from Derby, 14 miles from Nottingham and 20 miles from Leicester and serves Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire.
East Midlands Airport Map
It is owned by the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) which is controlled by the ten metropolitan boroughs of Greater Manchester and is the largest UK-owned airport group.
East Midlands Airport is the eleventh busiest Airport in the UK, and was the second busiest UK airport for freight traffic in 2016, after Heathrow Airport.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
East Midlands Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 134.175
Radar - 126.180, 134.180
Dir - 120.130
Tower - 124.005
Ground - 121.905
ATIS - 122.680
Originally opened as RAF Castle Donington in 1943 and equipped with three concrete runways, it was used for training RAF bomber crews with aircraft such as the Wellington and later training RAF Transport Command crews on the Dakota. RAF Castle Donington was closed in 1946 and bought by a consortium of local government authorities and opened in 1965.
The airfield was established with a 5,850ft runway, taxiway, new hangar floor, aprons, and car parking spaces. The runway and terminal were extended in 1970. In the late 1970s the runway was extended further to 7,490ft and the terminal was upgraded. In 1985, the terminal was extended further and the airport became a public limited company in 1987. In 1993, the airport was purchased by National Express Group, from the local councils, who extended the runway to handle long haul flights and constructed a new control tower.
In 2000, DHL Aviation opened a new cargo facility on the site and a business park was built next to the airport. National Express Group sold East Midlands Airport in 2001 to Manchester Airports Group. The terminal building has been extended and remodelled and the arrivals hall extended. A new transport interchange has been created and a new pier built.
DHL Aviation have a large purpose-built facility at East Midlands Airport, and courier companies United Parcel Service (UPS) and TNT use the airport as a base to import and export freight. East Midlands Airport is a major hub for freight operations throughout Europe due to its central location within the United Kingdom. It serves as a hub for DHL Air UK and UPS Airlines and sees flights by several of their sub-contractors to domestic, European and intercontinental destinations.
East Midlands Aeropark to the north west corner of the airport has a large number of static aircraft on public display. The museum and its exhibits are managed and maintained by the Aeropark Volunteers Association. It also offers two excellent viewing mounds for watching aircraft arriving and departing from the main runway. Aeropark Volunteers Association (AVA) Members are allowed free access to the Aeropark. More information on Aeropark can be found here.
Getting to East Midlands Airport
The airport has excellent connections to the motorway network due to its proximity to the M1 and M42, bringing the airfield within easy reach of the major population centres of the Midlands. The Sat Nav postcode is DE74 2SA
There are four train stations near East Midlands Airport:- East Midlands Parkway train station, Derby train station, Nottingham train station and Long Eaton train station. The closest railway station is East Midlands Parkway, which is 4 miles away, with regular services to Leicester, Derby, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham and London St Pancras. An hourly minibus service was introduced from 2015. Buses and shuttle services connect the airport with the nearby train stations.
East Midlands Airport is easily accessible by public transport. A whole range of bus services make it quick and convenient to get to Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Loughborough, Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Stapleford, Coalville, Shepshed, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote and Burton-on-Trent, up to every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
National Express - the UK's largest operator of scheduled coach services - operates direct services to and from East Midlands Airport and many key destinations throughout the UK.
There are Short Stay, Express Park, Long Stay or Shuttle car parks on the airport site. More information on car parking can be found on the official website.
• Car Parking
• Drop off & Pick up