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East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorManchester Airports Group
ServesEast Midlands
LocationCastle Donington, Leicestershire
Elevation93 m (306 ft)
Passenger change 09-10(-)11.7%
Aircraft Movements69452
Movements change 09-10(-)16.6%

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East Midlands Airport is an airport in the East Midlands of England, located at Castle Donington in North West Leicestershire. It lies between the cities of Derby (7 NM southeast), Leicester and Nottingham, all within a 20 mi radius of the airfield. It serves primarily as an airport for the local inhabitants of the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. Passenger numbers peaked in 2008 at 5.6 million, but declined by 27% to 4.1 million in 2010 making it the 12th busiest airport in the UK by passenger traffic, although it was the second busiest UK airport for freight traffic in 2010.

It was announced on 13 April 2011 that bmibaby would close its Manchester and Cardiff bases, moving an additional service to East Midlands Airport with increased frequencies and new routes, to be announced soon for Summer 2012.

The airport 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.

EMA has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P520) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction. EMA is the second largest cargo airport in the UK.

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