East Midlands Airport boost

Perhaps best known as a cargo airport, and owned by Manchester Airport Group, East Midlands Airport (EMA) is to have a significant Ryanair presence next summer.

Back, and already open for booking, are 31 European destinations with some 130 weekly flights scheduled to popular holiday spots including Alicante, Barcelona, Lanzarote, Malaga, Mallorca, Rhodes and Tenerife.  With typical Ryanair panache the programme has been launched with fares starting from £19.99.

Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness, said: “Ryanair remains committed to re-building Europe’s aviation and tourism industries by restoring connectivity and growing our network of passengers to over 225 million per annum by 2026. We are delighted to have extended our long-term partnership with East Midlands, Manchester and Stansted airports who will now all benefit from Ryanair’s delivery of 210 Boeing ‘gamechanger’ aircraft.”

Seen by the industry as a major freight hub, numbers at East Midlands peaked in 2008 at 5.6m, declined to around 4.5m in 2015.  As with every other UK airport it has suffered with just 522,347 passengers in the last 12 months, even cargo down but only 5%.  Its other main airline tenants are Jet2.com and TUI who have significant holiday programmes.

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