Living Near the Airport

Ensuring our neighbours are not disturbed by noise and road traffic

EMA - living near the airport

Although the positive effects of our operation are felt across the region and nationally, we know it’s important to manage the operation of our airport in a sustainable way, ensuring that where possible we minimise the impact we have on our local neighbours.​

Contact us at or report community noise disturbances here.

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.​

Runway Modal Split 2021

If you live near to East Midlands Airport, it is likely you will see and hear aircraft. We have provided a range of fact sheets below that describe how the airport operates and how we manage the impacts of these operations.

Our approach to environment and energy management and our top level commitment is outlined in our Environment and Energy Policy.