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East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport (EMA)


East Midlands Airport is located 11 miles (18km) southeast of Derby, and serves the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. The 15th busiest airport in the UK, East Midlands serves more than four million passengers each year.

An important travel hub in the UK, East Midlands Airport acts as a base for budget airlines such as and Ryanair, meaning there are plenty of cheap flights to East Midlands Airport from popular holiday resorts such as Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Corfu and Cancun. The airport also provides many commuter flights to other UK airports.

While East Midlands Airport has won several awards, the ad hoc nature of the airport's expansions have left the facility a bit confusing and hard to navigate, so passengers should allow plenty of time for making connections.


The airport is situated 11 miles (18km) from Derby. It is in easy reach of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby by road and public transport.

Getting to the city

Visitors heading for Nottingham can use the direct Nottingham Skylink bus service, which runs several times an hour between the airport and Nottingham Railway Station. Taxis are freely available; journey time to central Nottingham is about half an hour.


GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).


Tel: +44 800 083 8759.

Car rental

Car hire desks in the arrivals hall are available for Enterprise, Europcar, National and Hertz car rental.


The airport has a range of shops, including a newsagent, chemist, souvenir shop and duty free outlets. There are several restaurants and fast-food eateries in the terminal building. WiFi is available, and the airport also has an executive lounge.


Short-term and long-term parking is available. Shuttle buses operate between the car parks and the terminal.

Departure Tax




WiFi is free for up to 4 hours in any 24-hour period.

Business Lounges

The Escape Lounge is open from 4:30am to 7pm, except for Saturdays when it closes at 5pm, and offers facilities such as internet-ready workstations, phone and fax facilities, newspapers and refreshments.

East Midlands Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.