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Departing From The Airport

Departing from East Midlands Airport

Dependant on which airline you choose to fly with, there will be several options for checking-in before your flight.

Check-in times will differ in relation to which type of flight you are boarding, with short-haul and domestic flights carrying a reduced airport arrival period than long-haul flights for example. 

Checking-in times will usually be found on your individual ticket or itinerary, or you can contact your airline directly to remove any doubt.

Below is a general guide to how early you should arrive:

Long haul flights – three hours before your scheduled departure
European flights – two hours before your scheduled departure
UK and Ireland flights – two hours before your scheduled departure

For more information before you fly, visit our Flight Departures section for more information on specific flights times in real-time.

It is important that you check with your airline to confirm your flight status as we are not able to take any responsibility for passengers missing their allocated check in time.


The quick and easy to eliminate queues, discover the advantages of using the FastTrack service at affordable prices over at our dedicated FastTrack page.

Check-In Desks

Please check the information screens available on arrival at the airport to find out which check-in desks you require. 

It is advisable to go straight through security after you've checked your baggage in, allowing you more time to freely explore our diverse range of retail space where you can either unwind in our Escape Lounge, or enjoy a pre-flight meal at one of our exciting restaurants

Online Check-In

Online check-in offers you the ability to check yourself in and print your boarding passes in the comfort of your own home or at the office (a printer is required).

On some airlines, online check-in is only available to passengers with hand baggage. Please check with your airline for further information.


See the latest security procedures so you are adequately prepared for your check-in experience at East Midlands Airport.


When travelling to or from the EU, you may be asked to declare excess goods at customs. View more information on duty free allowances when moving through customs.  

Public Transport

Make getting to the airport as easy as getting through the airport by taking a look at our To & From The Airport section.

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