Thousands flying this Christmas from East Midlands Airport

20th December 2011

With less than a week to go until Christmas Day, thousands of people will be packing their suitcases, ready to travel through East Midlands Airport.

It is expected that approximately 80,000 people will be travelling through the airport between Thursday 22nd December 2011 and Monday 2nd January 2012 , a 2.5% increase when compared to the same period in 2010/11. The Christmas getaway begins on Thursday 22nd December 2011, with approximately 8,300 passengers set to travel in and out of the East Midlands region. The busiest day for the airport this Christmas is predicted to be Monday 2nd January 2012, with 10,000 passengers travelling.

Winter sunshine is attracting the majority of travellers to Tenerife, Lanzarote and Alicante, closely followed by Dublin and Belfast, this year’s top Christmas city breaks.

Brad Miller, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport said “Our predicted figures this Christmas are encouraging with over 2,000 additional passengers travelling during the 12 day period, a 2.5% increase on last year. In addition to the expected increase in the number of people travelling over Christmas and New Year, we are forecasting a 4% increase in passenger figures for December, welcoming over 210,000 passengers throughout the month.”

On Christmas day, flights will operate to and from Malaga, Lanzarote and Tenerife, in addition to passengers returning from Barbados and Gran Canaria in the early hours of Christmas morning.

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.

ENDS

Published on: 20/12/2011 14:38:07


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