Guide to East Midlands Airport

Contributors: dan330, Neil_L, UK321
Updated Saturday 20th August, 2011

ICAO Code: EGNX
IATA Code: EMA

Latitude: N52° 49' 45"
Longitude W1° 19' 47"

Sunrise Today: 07:45
Sunset Today: 15:59

East Midlands is a small regional airport in the center of the country just off the M1 motorway. Passenger services at the airport are confined really to the usual mix of charters and low cost airlines you expect at most regionals. bmibaby, easyjet and Ryanair all have a good route network, with Ryanair the most likely it seems to add the majority of future routes.
The airport does though have a good selection of cargo flights since the extension of the single runway to a length approaching 10,000ft. DHL have a large hub at the airport and there are regular flights from international freight airlines like UPS, Lufthansa Cargo and Kalitta.
An-124 are also chartered to operate flights from the airport on a regular basis.

Since the runway extension the airport has seen a number of aircraft on training circuits, the quiet periods and long runway make it the perfect place for UK airlines to train their new pilots. Virgin are one exmple, their A340's use the airport, the first A340-600 (G-VSHY) was here just a week after delivery (see pics in photo gallery). Training flights are banned on Sundays though.

Good photos are difficult to obtain at EMA, most spots face the sun for most of the day and the only other option is approach shots.

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Approach: 134.175
Tower: 124.000
Ground: 121.900
ATIS: 128.225

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Rain East Midlands Airport Weather

All times on the weather descriptions are local

Observed at 06:50 - (31 mins ago)

Rain

7°C

Rain , Drizzle
Clouds: Few Clouds at 400ft, Scattered Clouds at 1,700ft, Broken Clouds at 2,500ft
Wind: 040° at 06 knots
Visibility: 3,000m
QNH: 1013
Dew Point: 7°C
Runway in Use: Likely Runway 09

Movements

A sample of the upcoming movements for East Midlands.

We do not current have any movements for East Midlands Airport.

Photo Spot Spot A - Overhead view, near A453

There is an area next to a small lane just off the A453 (use the map to view directions to get there). This spot is at the east end of the runway, therefore aircraft arriving on runway 27 or departing from runway 09 will pass over this area. This location is much better to view arrivals to runway 27, which is used the most often (about 75% of the time).

You can get some excellent shots of aircraft arriving on runway 27 and some fairly good ones of runway 09 departures. Unfortunately barely any ground shots can be had from here as the perimetre fence is in the way and some aircraft do not taxi beyond taxiway W. Despite this, aircraft can still be seen at the stands, on some of the taxiways, on the runway, touching down and taking off. This location is close to the A453 and M1 motorway meaning video footage can be disturbed by road/motorway noise.

This area has plenty of car parking, is not restriced and has no car parking charges. You can stay here as long as you like as airport staff don't have any problems with you being there, so you're extremely unlikely to be told to move away.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 49' 54" (N52° 49.906')
Longitude: W1° 18' 6" (W1° 18.097')

Photos

Photo 46030
Focal Length: 48mm
Photo 46029
Focal Length: 8.2mm
Photo 46022
Focal Length: 40mm
Photo 27949
Focal Length: 75mm

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Photo Spot Spot B - Aeropark

The aeropark offers views over the 09 end of the runway, which is the least used end. When 27 is use this is pretty pointless, when 09 is used it faces the sun for most of the day but may be good early in the morning or later towards the evening.
Not bad for viewing if 09 is in use, but pretty useless for photography.
Opening times are very limited:
(April - October)
Thursdays 1030 - 1700
Saturdays 1200 - 1700
Sundays 1030 - 1700
Bank holidays except Christmas and Boxing day
Closed all other days

From November to March it is only open on Thursdays and Sundays!

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 49' 58" (N52° 49.963')
Longitude: W1° 20' 45" (W1° 20.752')

Photos

Photo 45452
Focal Length: 250mm
Photo 45430
Focal Length: 18mm

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Photo Spot Spot C - Emergency Exit Gate

The exit gates area over looks the runway and is not too far away from taxiway Mike where most of the aircraft turn off after arriving on 27. This is probably the best spot at the airport although you are facing south making photography difficult at certain times of day. During the late afternoon the sun tends to edge towards the west and allow you to get better photos as your facing slightly east to take them.
There are a couple of gaps where the gate is along the fence which allow for you to get camera lenses through but if the area is busy then steps will be required.
It should also be noted that the walkway is good for photography with steps, but it can get very muddy and there are a lot of dog walkers that use it so its not just the mud that you could step in!

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 49' 56" (N52° 49.94')
Longitude: W1° 20' 33" (W1° 20.556')

Photos

Photo 50166

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Photo Spot Spot D - Overhead view, Castle Donnington Road

There is an area opposite the Hilton hotel on Long Border Road (use the map to view directions to get there). This spot is at the west end of the runway, therefore aircraft arriving on runway 09 or departing from runway 27 will pass over this area. This location is much better to view arrivals to runway 09, which is not used very often (about 25% of the time).

You can get some excellent shots of aircraft arriving on runway 09 but no reasonable shots of runway 27 departures. Unfortunately barely any ground shots can be had from here as the runway and taxi ways are quite far away and aircraft do not often taxi beyond taxiway H. Despite this, aircraft can still be seen at the stands, on some of the taxiways, on the runway, touching down and taking off. This location is close to a busy road meaning video footage is often disturbed by road noise.

There is enough space to park your car and there are no restrictions or charges. You can stay here as long as you like as airport staff don't have any problems with you being there, so you're extremely unlikely to be told to move away.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 49' 50" (N52° 49.839')
Longitude: W1° 21' 26" (W1° 21.434')

Photos

Photo 13149
Photo 13137
Photo 1578
Photo 1577

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Photo Spot Spot E - Airport Trail (Southeastern side)

This spot is at the southeastern side of the airport on a mound (use the map to view directions to get there). At this spot aircraft departing and arriving on runway 27 will pass infront of you and pass extremely close to this spot when taxiing to holding point A1, close enough to give the pilot and even the passengers a wave goodbye, and see them respond. Unfortunately, this spot is only good when runway 27 is in use as runway 09 departures are airborne and quite high by the time they pass and arrivals will vacate the runway before they reach you.

Virtually no shots can be had from here when runway 09 is active though you may get a few good departure shots. You can get some excellent shots of aircraft both arriving on runway 27. To gain high quality shots of those taxiing extremely closely infront and also of departures from runway 27, it may be beneficial to bring a small step ladder as the perimeter fence is a slight obstruction. The fence is not a problem for just viewing the aircraft, it just makes photography more difficult to gain at a higher standard, it's also possible though to fit a camera lens through the gaps in the fence. This location is also not too close to any major road meaning you can get some fantastic video footage which is not ruined by road/motorway noise and giving this spot a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

For this spot you would park your car in the same place as you would in spot A and just walk round the perimeter fence until you reach this spot, which takes roughly ten minutes. Airport staff have no problems at all with you being here, so you can stay as long as you like.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 49' 44" (N52° 49.727')
Longitude: W1° 18' 34" (W1° 18.574')

Photos

Photo 38102
Focal Length: 150mm
Photo 38101
Focal Length: 200mm
Photo 38100
Focal Length: 100mm
Photo 38099
Focal Length: 70mm

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Photo Spot Spot F - Disused crash gate

Walk down from crash gate 3, keep going past gate 6 to the large paved (but overgrown) area near what appears to be a disused crash gate. If you get to the stile in the fence you've gone too far. From here you can see arrivals from the left (actual touchdown seems to depend on the aircraft type), planes will taxi towards you for takeoffs to the right. You can get a lens through the gate where it's chained closed. I spent over an hour here this morning, just wave at Security every now and then happy Although there weren't many arrivals when I was there, it did seem to be good for arrivals and departures of small aircraft.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 49' 55" (N52° 49.915')
Longitude: W1° 19' 30" (W1° 19.503')

Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Sonia United Kingdom
Wednesday 13th August, 2014 at 18:34 GMT
What is east midlands like for doing light trails at night? and where is the best spot to be if any?
Posted by: Lee hardman United Kingdom
Saturday 2nd August, 2014 at 17:30 GMT
Me and a mate went to spot A at end of July 2014, arrived at 1830 and left at 0130. Brilliant spot to go to, a few car parking spaces by the crash gate, with a field with benches in next to it. You can walk by the perimeter fence right under the threshold. Every now and again security drive past but no problems at all. Did get a little busy. Great for photos as well.
Posted by: Arjan van der Rijt Netherlands
Friday 27th June, 2014 at 00:50 GMT
Hello all,

Since me and a buddy will be in the UK for spotting this July, the following.
We`d like to stop over at EMA in case there`s a visiting Saudi Herk.
Is it possible to see/photograph those parked on the apron?
Or only while flying / taxiing?

TIA

Arjan van der Rijt
Posted by: Chopper Squad United Kingdom
Monday 20th January, 2014 at 15:59 GMT
Noticed some postings still mentioning bmiBaby and easyJet serving EMA however both of these Carriers either no longer exist or have pulled services completely as of September 2012. The biggest presence here since then continues to be Ryanair however Jet2 and flyBE have expanded their services over 2012 to 2013. These two Carriers have filled many gaps between them that were left behind when U2 and WW left the scene. Currently Monarch is in the process of expansion adding to charter flight activity otherwise operated by Thomson. Other scheduled daily services from / to EMA feature Aurigny, Eastern and bmi (formerly bmi Regional) all of which are non-seasonal operations. Freightwise DHL and UPS / Star Air are the big players at EMA.
Posted by: ANDRW WHITMORE United Kingdom
Wednesday 19th June, 2013 at 17:24 GMT
HI OFF TO THE AIRPORT SPOTTING THIS FRIDAY
I WILL BE SPOTTING FROM MID MORNING TILL 1330
THEN LATER ON IN THE EVENING
WILL BE STAYING OVERNIGHT IN LOCAL HOTEL NR AIRPORT
AGAIN SAT MORNING
GOT MY SBS WITH ME FOR MORE DOT SPOTTING ETC
BE NICE TO MEET UPWITH ANY LOCALS
REF CHATS ETC
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IF ANYONE COULD PROVIDE ME WITH A FULL MOVEMENTS TIMETABLE WILL BE FAB
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HOPE TO MEET UP
ANDREW WHITMORE
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Posted by: Eddie the Eagle United Kingdom
Monday 15th October, 2012 at 16:03 GMT
I visited EMA on Sunday and had no problems parking (sensibly) at spot A and walking around the fence to spot E. I did first try parking in the layby on the A453 just South of the turn-off into spot A, but here you are in a dip and likely to have your photographs ruined by passing high-sided vehicles! For toilets and refreshments, I picked a quiet period to walk back to the car and drive to the Donnington Services, which has an M&S Food outlet. I would imagine on a summer evening it is better to stay at spot A, in the little enclosure with picnic tables, for close up photos of aircraft on approach, although you cannot see the departures from here.
Posted by: Tim United Kingdom
Monday 6th August, 2012 at 13:11 GMT
Hi,
If you are going to point E your best bet for refreshments and toilets is just walking back to the arrivals area of the airport which is closest to you.
Posted by: Adam Moore United Kingdom
Sunday 8th July, 2012 at 13:02 GMT
Hello,

I am coming to EMA for my birthday some time this summer (2012). What day is most busiest and is it possible to enter the Aeropark and then come in and out as you please after you have paid? It is just I was thinking of going to Point E then if we need the toilet or a bite to eat make our way to the Aeropark then come back to Point E etc...

Thanks in advance.
Posted by: Tim United Kingdom
Tuesday 29th May, 2012 at 07:34 GMT
A few bits of info to reply to past few posts:

Glenn.....Saturdays and Fridays are not that busy.
Nights in the week as of 7pm onwards are normally busiest with the cargo planes.

Mike, it is really easy to get to point E from the terminal.
You can actually walk round the entire airport perimeter and the entire walk is 6 miles.
To get to point E will take about 20 minutes walk.
Just take the road next to the petrol station out the front of the airport and head towards the Royal mail depot and then cross over into the fields and follow the fence round.
Posted by: Morgan Pacorel United Kingdom
Tuesday 8th May, 2012 at 12:58 GMT
I come from France to do spotting 17th may in end of afternoon et le friday 18th May EMA, there is maybe an an124 or i dream ? hii
Posted by: Mike Germany
Monday 26th March, 2012 at 15:31 GMT
Hi,

I want to come to EMA by plane. Is it possible to walk from the terminal to spot E? How long will I need? Many thans in advance for your answer.
Mike
Posted by: Glenn United Kingdom
Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 17:08 GMT
Hi All,
Planning a "night stop" trip at East Mids from around 10pm Friday til 4/6am Saturday morning is there any schedule arrivals around these times most fri/sats

Glenn
Posted by: William United Kingdom
Monday 4th July, 2011 at 08:12 GMT
The area mentioned for parking at Spot A does cause concern to the airport. You must make sure you are not blocking the road or gates as it is the gate for the emergency services. It is not wise to park and walk round the footpath. If you are going to leave the proximity of the vehicle then park in the car park by the Aeropark. Car park is free.
Posted by: Nick Farrigton United Kingdom
Friday 8th April, 2011 at 14:28 GMT
Can any one please tell me what evenings is best for seeing cargo movements going to plan to go up on one evening in may
Posted by: hamham500 United Kingdom
Tuesday 28th December, 2010 at 20:34 GMT
They is a spot which isn't on this map.

Heres my spoting guide to the location which is not on here:

http://www.hamham500.com/2010/12/east-midlands-airport-spotting-best.html
Posted by: peter1 United Kingdom
Saturday 13th November, 2010 at 22:29 GMT
have been to east midlands i think the lane off 453 has been blocked of but have found some where on new industrial estate if you go in to site then its first on right opposette e o n offices you can get them landing and taking off at end of runway think its 9 my photoes arent very good havent got long lense which i feel you may need for this job havent really got going properly yet have been more into scanning than photoes so think can do both happy spotting out there
Posted by: peter1 United Kingdom
Thursday 4th November, 2010 at 21:18 GMT
hi am going to nottingham on monday to take my son to a rock show so i will probally go east mids as well as i like scanning as well as spotting if i can find the eara to spot from which is listed from on hear will let you know how i get on and maybe post some pics on heare if can get any desent pics as i dont have a zoom lense on my camera which i think most of you spotters do have
Posted by: Craig United Kingdom
Thursday 16th September, 2010 at 15:27 GMT
Does anybody know when the 225 will be returning to EMA??
Posted by: coley United Kingdom
Monday 6th September, 2010 at 17:08 GMT
Was the antonov at eastmidlands on the 27th of august 2010 or 28th? plz reply bk asap
Posted by: Tim S United Kingdom
Sunday 24th January, 2010 at 14:01 GMT
The only time I know the A380 has been at EMA was for a flyby visit in the first year it was put into service.

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