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£120m Investment Program Underway at East Midlands Airport

Following thorough planning and design, East Midlands Airport is enhancing its infrastructure to ensure compliance with safety and regulatory standards and to streamline operations for its 4 million annual passengers. This transformation aims to facilitate even smoother travel experiences for all passengers.

Notable areas earmarked for improvements are:

  • Expanding the security hall to facilitate installing next-generation scanning equipment
  • Improvements to toilet facilities, customer seating, and a program of roof renewals
  • Improvements to heating and cooling in the terminal
  • Proposals to improve Rapid Drop-Off arrangements
  • Upgrades to air traffic control systems
  • Reconstruction of taxiways

Expanding Security Hall

Interior Render East Midlands Airport

Work on extending the security hall at EMA has begun following approval from the North West Leicestershire District Council. The enhancements will include improvements to the entrance portal, making access to the main security area easier, and upgrading the facility to enhance its appearance and functionality.

The upgrades will facilitate the installation of advanced body and baggage scanning technology, allowing passengers to pass security checks without separating electronic devices from baggage. This improvement will reduce EMA’s impressive security clearance time to under 15 minutes. These changes align with new Government regulations, eliminating the 100ml liquid restrictions.

Improving Customer Facilities

East Midlands Airport Departures

Additionally, improvements to the main customer toilets in the Departure Lounge, adjacent to the Castle Rock bar, are underway. This project involves replacing and modernizing the facilities with new fixtures and fittings, complementing Castle Rock’s extensive refurbishment of the bar area. Further upgrades to customer toilets are planned for the future. The airport hopes to incorporate the new look and feel of the security hall into the Departure Lounge in later phases, along with the installation of new and additional customer seating.

As part of the investment program, EMA is also exploring various options to enhance the Rapid Drop-Off area. The airport aims to streamline vehicle flow through the site by implementing cashless and barrierless operating systems.

Remedial Work on Roof

Upgrading the terminal roof has also commenced to address the remedial work required due to the building’s age. The initial phase will focus on the roof above the Departure Lounge, aiming to resolve leakage issues during heavy rainfall.

Taxiways and ATC Upgrades

Furthermore, the reconstruction and resurfacing of taxiways will take place to accommodate the increasing size and number of aircraft using EMA. This essential work will be carried out in carefully managed phases to minimize disruption. Overnight and weekend closures will be made in consultation with airlines.

An important aspect of the program involves bringing the air traffic control equipment up to the latest standards. This includes state-of-the-art radar systems, navigational aids, new IT and software, and airfield technical equipment to future-proof the airport’s capabilities.

Utility Enhancements

Finally, the program includes upgrading facilities and infrastructure around the site. This includes electricity substations, surface water, and drainage systems to ensure compliance and support the airport’s future growth.

Confidence in the Future at East Midlands Airport

Steve Griffiths, EMA’s Managing Director, said: “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 the capacity to expand, along with the potential for growth and investment that the East Midlands Freeport brings.

“This program 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 play 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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