Airport sees rise in passengers at Christmas

East Midlands Airport is expecting to see a 5% rise in passengers travelling over the festive period this Christmas.

Over 110,000 are predicted to travel through the airport between 20th December 2013 and 5th January 2014, an increase of 5,000 when compared to the previous year.

Following a strong summer season, where the airport saw a rise of 10% in the amount of people travelling, the airport is set to welcome the arrival of passengers over the festive period. Passenger figures are set to gradually increase across the winter season with December passenger figures predicted to be around 184,000, a 5% increase on the previous year.

Friday 20th December 2013 marks the beginning of the Christmas getaway and will be the busiest day with around 8,000 passengers travelling to spend the holiday season abroad.

Spending Christmas in winter sunshine is once again proving popular, with Tenerife, Alicante, Malaga and Lanzarote all coming out at the top of the favourite destinations list.

During the winter season, East Midlands Airport is progressing with the 12 million investment to the terminal building to upgrade the facilities and improve the experience for passengers. As part of the redevelopment, the airport is also opening a new 1.5 million purpose built security search hall. The 1,140 square metre area will include a newly refurbished queuing area with natural daylight and additional space that will house the latest in security technology with long lanes to improve the flow of passengers. The new security search hall will merge with the existing terminal building and the first passengers are expected to use part of the new building this week with the remainder of the hall opening in January.

Andy Cliffe, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport said “This week is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for us and we are ready to give a festive welcome to the 110,000 passengers expected throughout the period. We have extra customer service assistants in the terminal building to help with any questions and we are excited to be using part of the new security hall over Christmas.

“The terminal upgrade is progressing well and as we look towards 2014, we are eager to progress with phase two of the development.”

In the run up to the festive period, the airport is advising all passengers to check security restrictions before arriving at the airport , especially passengers travelling with Christmas gifts and decorations. Gifts such as perfume and alcohol should be placed in hold baggage, as liquids of more than 100mls are not permitted in hand baggage. Passengers carrying presents in their hand luggage are advised to leave them unwrapped, as they may need to be inspected as part of the security screening process.

Published on: 20/12/2013 14:30:34

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