Summer season puts airport back on track

East Midlands Airport has today revealed that it has experienced its busiest summer season since pre-recessions times in 2008 and is expecting this trend to continue into the winter months.

Almost three million passengers travelled over the summer season, an increase of 10% when compared to summer 2012. August was the busiest month, with passenger figures reaching almost 600,000, 13% higher than August 2012.

Once again, passengers held their favourite Spanish destinations in high regards, with four of the top five destinations all in Spain. Palma was in the top spot with almost 290,000 travelling over the summer months, an increase of 15% on 2012, closely followed by Alicante (248,000), Malaga (211,000) and Ibiza (114,000). Faro, a Portugal favourite for guaranteed sun saw 185,000 passengers travelling over the period.

Andy Cliffe, Managing Director East Midlands Airport, said: “We have seen steady growth over the course of 2013 and we’re delighted with the performance over the summer months.

“The 15 new routes on offer with carriers, Monarch, and Ryanair will have undoubtedly attracted many people to fly from their local airport; however for us, these figures show that we are back on track following the closure of bmibaby and heading towards recovery from the recession.”

The winter season is also continuing to buck the trend as predicted passenger numbers are set to increase to 1.3 million passengers, 3% higher than winter 2012. Passenger numbers in October exceeded expectations with around 430,000 passengers travelling during the month, a 15.5% rise when compared to 2012. New winter routes to Prague and Budapest with take the total amount of winter routes available from East Midlands Airport to 27 and offer passengers a varied mix of city breaks and winter sun.

Andy continued: “We’re excited about this winter; our new security search area will be up and running towards the end of the year, signifying the completion of phase one of our terminal redevelopment.

“The new security hall will create more space in a lighter environment, whilst also allowing us to look at installing new technology that aims to make the passenger journey more efficient. The redevelopment aims to improve the customer experience by creating more space and a more intuitive journey with more shopping and food and beverage options.”



Published on: 02/12/2013 10:13:05

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