Our 50th Birthday Timeline


Our Timeline

Here is a snap shot of East Midlands Airport’s 50 years of operation. This timeline shows significant events throughout the history of the airport from its conception as a commercial airport to being the largest pure freight airport in the UK.

History


2nd April 1965 – East Midlands Airport opens for business and the first flight (BMA Herald G-ASKK) arrives from Glasgow.

July 1965 – The airport was officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh

1965 – Passenger numbers from the first year of operation were 114, 888
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1967 – The check in hall and restaurant were in place for departing passengers
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1968 – Passenger numbers grew steadily to 250,000
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1969 – The terminal building was extended, as passenger capacity had been reached.
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1970 – The runway had its first extension to 7,480 feet.

1970’s – the potential of EMA as a cargo operator was realised, with the increase of tonnage moved by Royal Mail.

1970 – Cargo tonnage was recorded at 1,586 tonnes
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1972 – A new 150 seater restaurant (one eleven restaurant) opens on the second floor.
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1973 - Cargo terminal 2 was in operation
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1974 – The airport now has the following passenger facilities, a restaurant, two bars, a lounge, a cafeteria, a conference room and a viewing balcony overlooking the apron.

1974 – British Midlands Airways began operating at EMA
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1975 – Passenger numbers hit 565,441
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1978 – The first B747 (jumbo Jet) arrived at East Midlands Airport
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1979 – Royal Mail weekday night air operations commence

1979 – Concorde visited EMA.

1979 – Passenger numbers are recorded at 593,587 and cargo tonnage at 6,283 tonnes.

1979 – Thomson Holidays was reported as one of EMA’s top performers in the annual report.
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1984 – ELAN (now DHL) commence operations

1984 – The airport hits 1,000,000 passengers and cargo tonnage hits 13,853 tonnes.

1984 – Short Stay Car Park was built

1984 – New fire Station is built

1984 – The Aeropark opened, costing £300,000 to bring it into operation. The first aircraft displayed there was the Avro Vulcan B.2 bomber.
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1986 – Eric Dyer, the first Managing Director retires, and is succeeded by Terry Lovett

1986 – Princess Anne opened a £3.8 million terminal extension.
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1987 –The Thistle hotel opens
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1989 – DHL International establish their UK air operation at EMA

1989 – Kegworth air disaster
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1992 – Royal Mail commence a Sunday night operation
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1993 – The airport is privatised and bought by The National Express Group for £24.3 million

1993 – UPS establish EMA as one of its key European hubs
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1995 - The east Apron – phase 1 – opens
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1996 – The Old Aeropark closes

1996 – The new departures building opens (part of a £14.5million project)

1996 – The East apron (phase 2) opens and the 25 millionth passenger is welcomed
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1997 – Cargo terminal 4 is opened

1997 – John Spooner succeeds Terry Lovett as Managing Director
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1999 – Runway extension completed, bringing it to today’s length of 2,893 metres

1999 – The new ATC tower was complete, standing at 52.3 metres high.
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2000 – National Express puts EMA up for sale with BOH for £241 million.

2000 – DHL hub opens Cargo Wets
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2001 – New Aeropark opens its doors

2001 – Graham Keddie succeeds John Spooner as MD
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2002 – bmi launch new low cost airline, bmibaby

2002 – EMA gains ISO14001 Environmental Standard, which has been held consistently since
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2003 – New check in hall extension opens
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2004 – Name change to Nottingham East Midlands Airport

2004 – Ryanair commence operations
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2005 – Penny Coates succeeds Graham Keddie as Managing Director

2005 – The airport reaches 50 million passengers

2005 - 2015

2006 – The airport launches its first Masterplan

2006 – The Skylink bus services launch

2006 - 4.7 million passengers travelled through East Midlands Airport
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2007 – The airport constructs its pier, bringing an extra six gates and is now home to the Thomson Dreamliner.

2007 – The airport community fund sees record numbers of applicants and has seen over £280,000 has been donated to more than 350 projects since its conception in 2002.

2007 – The airport invests £8million in improving the facilities for passengers. This includes a new escalator; staircase and lift are currently being installed in the departure lounge, the reconfiguration of the retail space, the construction of the bus interchange in the arrivals area of the terminal building.

2007 - Alpha Airports Group was awarded a seven year contract to operate duty free, catering and newsagents within the terminal building, committing to spend £2 million in developing and refitting the existing units, to include a refurbished and extended duty free, a new airside newsagent, a bookshop and a refitted food hall.

2007 - A five year contract was agreed with Alliance Boots to operate a new, enlarged store in the departure lounge.

2007 – The airport goes smoke free

2007 – Airline Sterling begins operating
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2008 – Passenger numbers reach an all-time high of 5.6 million

2008 - As part of a £10 million redevelopment programme a new tax and duty free store, BIza, is opened

2008 – New eatery, Three Shires is opened, selling local produce from the region.

2008 - The UK saw the deepest recession since the war.

2008 - Manx 2 begin operations at the airport

2008 – Excel Airways goes into administration
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2009 – The EMA chaplaincy celebrates its 10 year anniversary

2009 - The EMA Community Fund supported 109 projects at a cost of £118,198.45.

2009 - A record 46% of recycled waste amounting to 408 tonnes

2009 – DHL announce six brand new Boeing 767 will join the DHL fleet by end of 2012.

2009 – easyjet re4move their operation from EMA

2009 – Jet2.com announce their operation at EMA - this is the airport’s most southern UK base.

2009 – Aurigny.com launch new service to Guernsey

2009 – Penny Coates, Managing Director was been appointed to the Main Board of the Manchester Airports Group PLC and was succeeded at EMA by Brad Miller

2009 - The automated border controls (e-gates) go live
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2010 – Cargo tonnage reaches 306,228 tonnes

2010 – International aviation is disrupted by the eruption of volcano, Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.

2010 – Airline bmibaby ceased trading, meaning a loss 30 destinations

2010 – Aviation teams work hard to back fill the lost bmibaby routes through existing operators and secure new operator Monarch airlines to the airport.

2010 – East Midlands Airport launches the UK’s first airport willow farm at 26 hectares

2010 – The Aerozone, the airport’s onsite education facility opens

2010 - East Midlands Airport is the first UK airport to offer an onsite garage service
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2011 – The airport erects two commercial scale wind turbines that stand 45 metres high – another UK airport first

2011 – The airports Radisson Blu hotel opens

2011 – The airport begins its £12million redevelopment

2011 – The airport fills over 1,000 jobs on site.

2011 – bmi regional announce direct flights to Frankfurt

2011 – The airport announces carbon neutral ground operations – the first UK airport to do so.

2011 - East Midlands Airport, in conjunction with the Changing Places Consortium, launch the first adult changing facility, Changing Places in a UK mainland airport.
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2012 - Monarch Airlines announce EMA as a new base
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2013 – Andy Cliffe, Managing Director joins East Midlands Airport

2013 - £3 million is invested in on-site car parking operation, increasing the capacity of its car parks by 1400 spaces

2013 – Thomson aircraft Dreamliner comes to EMA

2013 – The Airport Academy, a dedicated adult education facility opens

2013 – Frankie and Benny’s join EMA

2013 – The airport experiences its busiest summer season since pre-recessions times in 2008 with almost three million passengers travelling.

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2014 – Consultation gets underway for the airports updated version of the masterplan, the Sustainable Development Plan.

2014 – EMA opens its executive lounge, The Escape Lounge

2014 – EMA opens its new state of the art security hall

2014 – EMA welcomes restaurant Leon to the terminal

2014 – New Superdrug stores opens in the terminal

2014 – New catering outlets are opened on the first floor; including new regional brand Castle Rock, Burger King and Flat White.

2014 – DHL announce a £90million expansion of their freight operation at EMA.


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