East Midlands Airport set to see summer passenger numbers rise by 8%

East Midlands Airport is set to welcome 2.9 million passengers to the airport this summer, with more than 200,000 extra passengers travelling compared to last summer.


Passenger numbers are set to rise by 8% this summer, with August 2013 expected to be the busiest month of the year so far, with passenger numbers predicted to exceed half a million in this month alone.


During the summer months, it is anticipated that over 1.1 million passengers will be travelling to the airport's most popular destination, Spain. Palma is expected to see nearly 277,000 passengers visit from the East Midlands this summer, closely followed by 224,000 passengers travelling to Alicante and over 190,000 to Malaga.


Nicola McCabe, Head of Customer Services, East Midlands Airport, said: “In the first few weeks of the summer season alone, we have already seen a surge in the number of passengers travelling aboard and it is most definitely an encouraging sign for the year ahead. Passenger volumes this summer are expected to grow by 8%, as a result of fifteen new routes being launched and increased frequency on existing routes.”


This summer, Jet2.com will be operating new flights to Dubrovnik, Menorca, Nice, Ibiza, Larnaca and Gran Canaria for the first time, in addition to the airports newest based operator, Monarch, beginning new summer services to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Ibiza and Malta.


Ryanair are also expanding their route network this summer by introducing new services to Girona, Marseille, Menorca, Poznan, and Zadar, which increases the total number of routes operated by Ryanair from East Midlands Airport to 43.


Nicola McCabe continued: “We have already experienced strong growth over the recent May bank holiday and we are set to see this trend continuing this bank holiday weekend. With such a busy time ahead, passengers are reminded to come to the airport prepared and ensure they arrive two hours before they fly.”


The summer schedule got off to a strong start with the first bank holiday weekend of the season seeing nearly 50,000 passengers travelling through the airport between 3rd and 6th May 2013, an increase of 1.5% compared to the previous year. The trend is expected to continue for the spring bank holiday weekend, with passenger numbers predicted to reach 64,917 between 26th and 29th May 2013. Palma, Alicante and Malaga are expected to once again attract the largest volume of passengers, followed by Faro in Portugal.


Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport two hours before their flight and allow plenty of extra time when travelling to the airport over the spring bank holiday weekend due to the British Superbikes Event taking place at Donington Park between 24th and 26th May 2013. Diversions are also in place due to temporary roadwork’s taking place at the services roundabout off the M1 at Junction 23a. The works are due to take place on 28th May 2013 for a five night period, commencing each evening from, 22:00pm until 06:00am. Passengers are advised to allow plenty of extra time as signed diversion routes will be in place throughout the duration of the works.

Published on: 22/05/2013 16:33:30

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