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Behind the scenes at East Midlands Airport

January 21st, 2017

On the 11th January, 6 Velocity members travelled to nearby East Midlands Airport for a behind the scenes airport tour, made possible by the EMA Community Relations team. The trip was organised by Flying Secretary Aaron Stein, who writes here. The airport, which handles the most cargo moved on dedicated freighters in the UK, boasts a long single runway, modern terminal facilities and a world-class cargo hub run by DHL - cargo hub tours are planned for later in 2017.

Our tour included a visit to both landside and airside areas of the airport, with a highlight for many being a chance to look around EMA’s Air Traffic Control Tower and radar rooms – where commercial and general aviation traffic is monitored and controlled in the region and beyond. The ATC tower provided a great view from the top, with a 360-degree perspective of not just the airport but local towns and villages, Leicestershire countryside and even Loughborough to the south-east!

The tour of passenger facilities included the terminal and check-in desks, and once we were through security we saw the departure gates where a number of Ryanair 737s were parked on the stand awaiting their next set of holidaymakers. Following this, the airport’s Wildlife and Diversity Officer kindly drove us around the airfield itself, where areas not visible to the public were seen – including the fire practice aircraft and the area earmarked for proposed development of cargo infrastructure, on the opposite side of runway 09/27.

Everybody who came said that they thoroughly enjoyed the visit, and there is potentially scope for a return visit later in the year, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for future updates so you don’t miss out!

Photo credit: David Kelly, Velocity Member