EMA’s hassle-free service attracts growing numbers of passengers


Almost 100,000 more passengers flew through East Midlands Airport (EMA) this September than last year, underlining the growing popularity of the region’s convenient and great-value gateway to Europe.


More than 464,000 holidaymakers chose EMA last month, up 25% from 371,000 in 2022. This brings total passenger numbers at the airport so far this year to 2.7m.

The figures show EMA edging ever closer to a full recovery from the pandemic, and cement its reputation as a popular airport for those seeking ease and convenience.

All passengers cleared security in under 15 minutes in September, with an average waiting time of just eight-and-a-half minutes, meaning everyone who chose EMA was able to focus on relaxing at an enjoying the start to their trip away at the earliest opportunity.

The top ten destinations for passengers flying from East Midlands Airport in September were Alicante, Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Faro, Arrecife, Dublin, Barcelona, Fuerteventura and Las Palmas.

The number of people looking for autumn and winter breaks is also growing. EMA is set to welcome a further 620,000 passengers between September and December this year. As well as serving many winter sun destinations, trips for festivals such as Oktoberfest and Christmas Markets are also within easy reach of passengers choosing EMA.

Mike Grimes, Customer & Planning Director at EMA, said: “We’re pleased to see growing numbers of people are choosing EMA for their getaways not just over the summer months, but increasingly for autumn and winter breaks too.

“We’re always working hard to make sure our customers get the welcoming, hassle-free experience they’ve come to expect from us.

“Our location in the heart of the country means we are within easy reach for millions of people who want to access their favourite destinations while enjoying an effortless experience at a friendly and welcoming airport.