This Christmas, thousands are expected to travel to and from East Midlands airport the airport authorities are expecting to welcome in excess of 160,000 people Friday December 19, 2008 and Friday January 2, 2009.
The busiest days for East Midlands Airport are predicted to be the December 19, 26, 27th and January 2, with over 13,000 passengers flying off on each of these days. Winter sunshine is attracting the majority of travellers looking to get away for Christmas with the top destination being the Canaries, closely followed by Dublin.
For those planning to fly on Christmas Day, the East Midlands Airport will have three arrivals and three departures to Las Palmas, Lanzarote and Sharm el Sheikh.
Penny Coates, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport said "...Christmas is traditionally a busy time for the Airport and although this year we are not seeing the growth in passenger numbers, we are confident about 2009.
"In the run up to the festive period we are asking customers to prepare well in advance and check hand baggage restrictions before arriving at the Airport. Passengers can reduce stress levels by arriving in plenty of time and checking travel documents before coming to the Airport. We recommend that passengers arrive at least two hours prior to departure to allow for poor weather and heavy traffic"
The Airport is advises all passengers travelling over Christmas to check security restrictions before arriving at the Airport. Christmas gifts such as perfume and alcohol should be placed in hold baggage as liquids of more than 100mls are not permitted in hand baggage. Passengers carrying presents in their hand luggage are advised to leave them unwrapped as they may need to be inspected as part of the security screening process. Party poppers and crackers are prohibited items.
Passengers using public transport before flying are reminded that the Skylink bus services from Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Loughborough and Coalville to East Midlands Airport will be operating reduced hours during the Christmas and New Year period and will not operate on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
If you have an early flight or late arrival back to the UK consider a stay at an The Hilton East Midlands Airport hotel
Room at the East Midlands Hilton Hotel with up to eight days holiday parking from £88.09*
*Please note:This price is correct for bookings searched on December 19, 2008. Prices are subject to change. Book the East Midlands Hilton Hotel in advance to get the best price and availability.