East Midlands Airport New £120m Investment Announced

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This week East Midlands Airport (EMA) revealed a £120 million investment programme to improve its passenger experience.

This article will cover the details surrounding East Midlands Airport’s £120 million investment programme.

East Midlands £120 Million Investment


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Following extensive planning and designing, East Midlands Airport (EMA) has begun a £120 million investment programme to refresh its infrastructure, improve efficiency as well as maintaining safety and regulatory standards.

The programme will see the following happen at the airport –

  • Expansion of the security hall to handle next generation scanners.
  • Improvements to the restrooms, seating and roofs.
  • Improvements to the terminals heating and cooling.
  • A proposal to improve the airports’ Rapid Drop-Off.
  • Upgrades to ATC (Air Traffic Control) systems.
  • Reconstruction of the airports’ taxiways.

Work on expanding the security hall has already commenced following planning approval from North West Leicestershire District Council. This will see changes such as improving access to the main security area as well as improving the overall look and feel.

Also already being carried out is improvements to the main customer toilets in the departure lounge, next to the Castle Rock bar. This will involve replacing and upgrading the facilities with new fixtures and fittings. Further upgrades to customer toilets will follow in due course.

Work has also begun on the terminal roof, which due to its age is in need of remedial work. The first phase will focus on the roof above the departure lounge which during heavy rainfall can suffer from leaks.

Executive Comments


East Midlands Airport’s Managing Director, Steve Griffiths, says, “This is the start of a very exciting period for the airport. Our passenger numbers are almost back to pre-Covid levels and our already significant air cargo operation has capacity to expand, along with the potential for growth and investment that the East Midlands Freeport brings.”

“This programme of substantial investment at EMA demonstrates our confidence in the future and will help to improve the experience of flying from and trading through East Midlands Airport. We’re really proud of the effortless travel we provide that prompts people to choose EMA for their holidays abroad, and of the vital part we lay in powering UK trade.”

“We’re always looking at ways to improve and this investment will help us do that over the next five years and beyond.”

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