East Midlands Provides Investment Update

East Midlands Airport Entrance
Photo Credit: East Midlands Airport by Stephen McKay, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

This week, East Midlands Airport (EMA) has provided an update on its progress towards its £120 million upgrade investment.

This article will cover the details surrounding East Midlands latest update on its resurfacing investment program for the airfield.

East Midlands Investment Update

To ensure safe and smooth running of operations at East Midlands Airport (EMA), the airfield is currently underway with carrying out a £120 million investment program over the next five years.

This program will consist of resurfacing sections of the airfield, the equivalent to 100 football pitches worth of tarmac.

A resurfacing program for any airport can be highly disruptive to its operations. However, to ensure the highest levels of safety, it is a much needed operation that is carried out regularly.

To help reduce the amount of disruption to the airport, they will close sections for short periods of time.

This latest update consists of a completed upgrade to Taxiway Bravo (B) which was first laid using large concrete slabs 24 years ago in 2000.

During the past 24 years, these concrete slabs have been exposed to the elements and continuous use by heavy cargo aircraft, meaning the time has now come for their replacement.

Replacing 400 tonnes of these concrete slabs with a much more flexible and robust asphalt surface, to reduce the wear from its use by heavy cargo aircraft is the option EMA has opted for.

East Midland’s Capital Delivery team worked alongside Airport Operations, Security and Airfield Safeguarding to ensure the resurfacing went ahead safely without impacting their current cargo operations.

Not only does the £120 million investment program consist of resurfacing taxiways, it also includes expansion of the security hall, roof renewals to the terminal, improvements to the toilet facilities and customer seating.

Passengers will also see improvements to the heating and cooling in the terminal and Rapid Drop-Off arrangements, as well as upgrades to the ATC (Air Traffic Control) systems.

Airport Director Comments

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Commenting on the airport’s latest update on its £120 million investment program, EMA’s Asset Development Director, Brian McCoubrey, has said, “This investment underlines our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety and efficiency in air travel.”

“These projects are complex and present logistical challenges, but we are committed to minimising inconvenience to our customers while they are underway.”

“The improvements are crucial for the safety and comfort of passengers choosing to fly from EMA and for the seamless functioning of our significant air cargo operation.”

Operators at the Airport

The British airport is used by many carriers, both passenger and cargo. The operators consist of –

  • Passenger Carriers
    • Aer Lingus
    • Aurigny (Summer Seasonal)
    • BH Air (Summer Seasonal)
    • Blue Islands
    • Eastern Airways
    • Jet2
    • Ryanair
    • Southwind Airlines (Commences June 2024)
    • TUI Airways
  • Cargo Carriers
    • AeroLogic
    • ASL Airlines
    • DHL
    • FedEx
    • Loganair
    • Maersk Air Cargo
    • MNG Airlines
    • UPS
    • West Atlantic

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