Summer 2019 kicks off with new route to Shannon


East Midlands Airport’s (EMA) summer season gets off to a flying start on Monday 1 April with the first flight to Shannon on the West coast of Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher near Shannon

The brand-new twice weekly Ryanair service will fly to and from EMA on Mondays and Fridays, perfect for short breaks or long weekends to explore County Clare, Limerick and famous landmarks such as Bunratty Castle and the Cliffs of Moher.

Also new to passengers choosing EMA this summer are routes to Greek Island Santorini (TUI), Nantes (Ryanair) and, after a gap of nearly five years, flights to Enfidha Hammanet in Tunisia return, also with TUI. In response to the national increase in demand for travel to Eastern European resorts, have added Bourgas in Bulgaria to its list of routes from EMA.

Holiday makers have a great and varied selection of destinations to choose from when flying from EMA; whether it’s popular beach and summer sun resorts they’re after or shorter breaks to some of Europe’s most attractive cities. Further afield, long-haul destinations include Orlando (Florida) and Cancun (Mexico). However, the likes of Palma, Alicante and Faro still top the list of most popular destinations from EMA.

Two-thirds of EMA’s annual passengers fly in and out of the airport during its summer season which runs from April 1 to 31 October. In preparation for this, the airport is upgrading its facilities this year. Over £2m is being spent on doubling the size of the arrivals hall and it is hoped that this work will be complete in time for the peak summer months. In recent weeks, renovation of the central apron (the area on which passenger aircraft park) has been carried out. This will maintain the airport’s excellent performance for on-time departures for which EMA is ranked in the upper quartile of 20 benchmarked airports.

EMA’s Commercial Transformation Director, Beth Brewster, says: “As the clocks leap forward and the evenings get lighter, people’s attention will turn to planning their holidays and short breaks. Many of our passengers tell us that they choose this airport first and foremost before deciding where to fly. This is primarily because of our size. We’re easy to get to and easy to get through, which is ideal for families with young children who are perhaps taking their first flights together, older people who like the ease of access and familiarity and those with physical and hidden disabilities. No matter what your age or circumstance, our team is here to help, and we look forward to offering a very warm welcome to hundreds of thousands of passengers to EMA this summer. We offer flights to places which cater for all tastes so if you’ve never flown from EMA, or haven’t considered us for a while, I hope you’ll give us a try this summer.”

EMA is encouraging passengers not to be discouraged from booking flights to Europe this summer despite the Brexit uncertainty. Even in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, flights to and from the EU will continue uninterrupted so holiday-makers can book with confidence.

Summer 2019 destinations



UKBelfast City
Republic of IrelandDublin
 Mahon (Menorca)
 Palma (Majorca)
 Reus (Barcelona)
CanariesArecife (Lanzarote)
 Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
 Chania (Crete)
 Heraklion, Crete
 Zakynthos (Zante)
ItalyCiampino, Rome
 Treviso, Venice
TunisiaEnfindha - Hammamet
Long-haulCancun (Mexico)
 Sanford (Florida)
 Modlin, Warsaw
Czech RepublicPrague
GermanySchonefield, Berlin