Airport set for festive flying at Christmas

Thousands of people are packing their suitcases, ready to travel through East Midlands Airport over the Christmas and New Year period.

86,500 people are expected to travel through the airport between Friday 21st December 2012 and Wednesday 2nd January 2013 , a 0.6% increase when compared to the same period in 2011/12.

Friday 21st December 2012, marks the beginning of the festive getaway, with approximately 9,000 passengers jetting off to sunnier climes, with Wednesday 2nd January following closely behind, as passengers return to the UK to prepare for work and school.

Winter sunshine is at the top of everyone’s Christmas lists this year, with Tenerife, Lanzarote and Alicante, being the top three destinations, closely followed by passengers looking for guaranteed snow to hit the slopes on Christmas Day, in Geneva and Chambery.

Tim McDermott, General Manager, East Midlands Airport said “The Christmas and New Year getaway is traditionally one of the airports busiest times with passengers jetting off for winter sun and to visit friends and family. Christmas 2012 is no exception and the airport is set to welcome all those who will be travelling over the period.”

“We’re extremely excited about our plans for 2013; including progressing with the terminal upgrade and welcoming the new routes on offer for summer 2013.”

In the run up to the festive period, the airport is advising all passengers to check security restrictions before arriving at the airport. Passengers travelling with Christmas gifts and decorations are advised to check security restrictions before travelling. 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: 19/12/2012 11:04:52

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