East Midlands experiences summer destinations boost

Locations such as Spain and Portugal are expected to be the most popular as demand continues to rise  

East Midlands Airport has announced that its passenger airlines are expected to offer more than 50 flight destinations this summer. 

The hub hopes that customer demand will increase over the next few weeks partly due to the new rule that allows travellers with both vaccinations to avoid quarantine from ‘amber list’ countries upon their return.  

Low-cost carriers, Ryanair, Jet2, TUI and easyJet are all based at the airport. 

East Midlands Airport
Photo East Midlands Airport

“East Midlands airport is popular with passengers looking to travel to well-known holiday destinations over the summer months,” a spokesperson from Manchester Airport Group (MAG) told Airports International. “As international travel resumes, we’re expecting destinations in countries like Spain and Portugal to be just as popular as they always have been, and we’re excited to welcome passengers back for well-deserved breaks with family and friends.” 

Due to the rise in demand, the hub has put a number of measures in place to help with operations.  

The spokesperson continues: “We have been delighted to welcome passengers back to the airport and see the terminal building come back to life. To meet the increase in demand, we have increased the number of staff on site and opened up food, drink and retail outlets. We’re always monitoring how our resources compare with the demand for travel and review those levels on a regular basis. 

“The airport still has the full range of travel safety measures that we have had in place throughout the pandemic, including enhanced cleaning procedures, hand sanitiser stations and Perspex screens to ensure that passengers and staff feel safe.” 

Most recently, the hub has expanded its on-site testing capabilities, with the opportunity for passengers to utilise the ‘test to release’ scheme that enables travellers to leave quarantine after five days.