The airport has a single runway, running from east to west. Aircraft movements comprise commercial passenger flights, air freight and mail flights, plus training and general aviation flights. Most commercial passenger flights take place during the day. At night, flights are a mixture of passenger, freight and mail flights. The night-time freight flights contribute significantly to the airport being the UK’s busiest airport for cargo carried on dedicated cargo aircraft.
For safety reasons, aircraft usually take off and land into the wind. As the wind at East Midlands Airport predominantly comes from the west, most aircraft arrive and take off in a westerly direction, which is Runway 27. You can find out more about Aircraft Operations and Living Near the Airport in our fact sheets.