East Midlands Airport destinations

You can fly to almost a hundred popular internal and foreign destinations from East Midlands, from Aberdeen and Alghero, in Italy, to several regions of Spain and urban holiday hotspots like Amsterdam, Barcelona and Berlin. You can fly to Belfast and Bergerac, exotic Boa Vista and the delightful Bodrum and Dalaman, both in Turkey. Plus Bourgas in Bulgaria, Brussels and Cancun, Carcassonne and Italy’s famously lovely Catania. And you can explore the best that Chambery, Chania and Corfu have to offer. As well as a lot more wonderful places, far and near, A to Z.

East Midlands Airport

East Midlands airport was originally a RAF station called RAF Castle Donington, decommissioned in 1946. The site was bought in 1964, renamed East Midlands Airport and re-opened in 1965. Today the airport handles more than four million passengers and hosts flights to almost a hundred exciting destinations worldwide. It’s won several prestigious awards including the World’s Leading Eco Friendly Airport and Best Regional Airport. The airport supports more than 6000 jobs and generates about three hundred million pounds for the local economy. Situated near Donington in north Leicestershire, it’s within a twenty mile radius of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.

Airport information

There are plenty of places to shop at the airport, including household name brands like Accessorize, the Aviation Gift Centre, a Tax and Duty Free outlet, Boots, Dixons, The Massage Chair Company, Spar and Style, the top fashion outlet. There’s a great choice of eateries too, with a Burger King, Caffe Ritazza, Greggs the Bakers and more. Plus a Travelex currency exchange store. There’s convenient pay-as-you-go internet via several terminals, and you can play games to while away the time before boarding with a bank of state-of-the-art arcade style gaming machines in Departures and Arrivals, close to the Information desk.

Airport directions

By bus: East Midlands Airport is right in the middle of England so has a broad catchment area. There’s a wide choice of bus services, making it easy to get to Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Loughborough, Long Eaton and Coalville, and they often run 24/7. You’ll find more details here.

By train: You can pick up East Midlands trains from Derby, Nottingham, Long Eaton and East Midlands Parkway stations, and travel onwards from there throughout the UK rail network.

By car: East Midlands airport enjoys excellent road links. It’s convenient for the M1, A42 (to central Birmingham), the A50 (for Stoke) and the A453 (to Nottingham). If you’re using SatNav, the post code is DE74 2SA.


More than thirty airlines and travel companies run flights from East Midlands airport including Aurigny, Avro, Balkan Holidays, bmi and bmi baby. If you’ve booked your trip through Classic Collection Holidays, Crystal Holidays, Cunard, Direct Holidays or Discover Jersey, it’s likely you’ll be able to fly from your local airport. Eastern Airways and First Choice, Flybe and FlyJersey run regular services as do Inghams, Jet2 Holidays and Jet2.com. The Midlands’ favourite airport is trusted by Jewel in the Crown, Malta Direct, Monarch Airlines Charter flights, Olympic, P & O Cruises, Prestige Holidays and a load more top providers including Thomson and Transun.

Airport car parking

The East Midlands short stay car park is right in front of the terminal building and you can pre-book to save cash. The long stay car parks, numbered 1, 2 and 3, are a five minute walk from the terminal and can also be pre-booked. The short stay is also the best place to pick up and drop off. The airport often makes special parking offers, and you’ll find the parking facilities secure and convenient.

Airport hotels

The Hilton East Midlands Airport is just a third of a mile away and the Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport is just under a mile away. There’s a Novotel five miles away in Long Easton, and any number of independent hotels, B&Bs and guest houses scattered around local villages and towns.

East Midlands Airport code


Address and phone number

East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2SA UK. Telephone 01332 852 852.