Flight Delays at East Midlands Airport

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The History of East Midlands Airport (With Answers As To Why Your Plane May Have Been Set Back)

East Midlands Airport (EMA), as the name suggests is an international airport located in the East Midlands England. The airport mainly caters to the air traffic from the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire.

Prior to 1946, the airport was known as the RAF Castle Donington. It was decommissioned in 1946 and was purchased by a consortium of government authorities in 1964. Following the purchase, a major programme of building work and runway investment was promptly started. The airport was opened to passengers a year later in 1965 and was named to reflect its service area.

Where Does East Midlands Score Compared to Other Airports?

In terms of passenger traffic, the airport is only the 11th busiest. The highest ever number of passengers in a single year was recorded in 2008 at 5.6 million. The number however declined to 4.5 million in 2015. It is however, a major air cargo hub. As at 2015, it was the second busiest in terms of freight traffic.

Airlines that operate from the airport include: Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Ryanair, Onur Air, Jet2.com, Freebird airlines, Flybe, Eurowings, Eastern Airways, BMI Regional, BH Air, Aurigny Air Services, Air Europa and AER Lingus Regional.

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As is the case with any airport, flight deferments happen from time to time at the EMA. The low foot traffic, in comparison to other bigger airports in the country means that any flight suspensions in the East Midlands Airport are promptly resolved. However, there have been several occasions in the past where flight hold ups took longer than usual to resolve. The vast majority of such cases are as a result of weather challenges that affect other parts of the UK as well. One of the most recent high profile examples is the weather problems in 2013 where flights were cancelled over a 48 hour period.

Other recent causes of protractions at the EMA include an emergency landing that closed the runway in January 2016 and the 2014 strike of the French Air Traffic control staff.

How can I file for flight compensation for flights out of the East Midlands?

Although you are less likely to witness extended air delays at the East Midlands Airport, you can count on us to help you get compensation if you are ever delayed for more than 3 hours. Our years of experience in the industry mean we have successfully handled cases involving majority of the airlines that ply different routes through this airport. Supply us with your flight details to begin the claims process immediately.