East Midlands Airport Joint Committee, which was formed to find a site to replace Burnaston Aerodrome, buys Castle Donington Airfield, a former RAF base decommissioned in 1946, is bought for the princely sum of £37,500.
On April 2, East Midlands Airport is officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh. Derby Airways, which had operated at Burnaston, moves to the new airport. The company would become British Midland. The airline still operates at East Midlands to this day in the form of its low cost airline, BMI Baby.
The number of people to use the airport passes the one million mark. ELAN (now DHL) starts its freight operations at the airport. Today, DHL has its UK air operations at East Midlands.
A new departures building opens as part of a £14.5 million project. The airport welcomes its 25 millionth passenger.
East Midlands Airport becomes part of the Manchester Airports Group. The new Aeropark aviation museum opens its gates.
The airport publishes its Master Plan, outlining plans for its future growth up to 2030 and commits to make its ground operations carbon neutral by 2012.
The airport applies for permission to install large wind turbines on site to generate 10% of its electricity, launches a green extension to the terminal, as well as being awarded five top travel awards.
Work is complete on the £10million redevelopment programme; including a new shopping experience, a locally supplied restaurant and the airport reaches a record half a million passengers.
In a world first, the airport launched a trial to power a passenger bus on Liquid bio-methane, easyJet announced their departure, which was quickly replaced by the announcement that Jet2.com would join the Donington based airport.
The brand new dedicated education centre, ‘The Aerozone’ opened, the airport launched a UK a first with a 26 hectare willow farm, construction of a four star hotel began on site and the auto service centre was officially opened.