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East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport is situated at Castle Donington, a town that is very close to the Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire borders and ideally placed close to the busy M1 motorway. The 10th busiest airport in the UK in terms of passenger traffic, East Midlands sees around five and a half million passengers use its facilities in a given year. With three major cities – Derby, Leicester and Nottingham – all within 20 miles of the site the airport is well placed to capitalise on local demand, and a shuttle bus link with the nearby rail network makes it accessible to all.
The airport is a major hub for the likes of Ryanair and Bmibaby, both of which run a good selection of services from there, and is also a busy cargo airport – the second busiest in the UK - thanks to its central location and excellent access. Flights to destinations such as Barcelona, Corfu and Paris, as well as domestic links with Edinburgh in Scotland, Belfast and Dublin in Ireland make this a very well used holiday airport, and one that has a promising future.
With its roots as a military airport East Midlands is like many other provincial airports, and commercial flying began as long ago as 1965. The airport has modern and up to the minute facilities and also includes a museum – the Aeropark – with static displays of many historically interesting aircraft including a Spitfire and Vulcan bomber, while across the road from the main gates is the famous Donington Park motor racing circuit, a major attraction in its own right.