Airport Briefing: East Midlands (EGNX/EMA)

So this is a new series I’m doing, starting with my ‘local’. Thoughts below pls :)

East Midlands is a major airport, in the midlands. It is in the county of Leicestershire, it’s nearest city is Derby, and yet was called Nottingham East Midlands for a time. The airport serves these 3 cities and the surrounding area. Because of its position right in the middle of two major passenger airports (Manchester to the north, Birmingham to the south), the airport only handles a moderate amount of passenger traffic, but it handles a large amount of cargo. It is situated just off the M1, the 3rd biggest moaning point for people in the UK*, at the A50/A453 junction.
*after the weather and the M6
Aircraft at the airport:

Prominent airlines at the airport include:

  • Thomson Airways
  • Thomas Cook
  • Jet2
  • Ryanair
  • Flybe

Therefore the biggest aircraft we get on a regular basis is the 787-9, operated by Thomson. Because of the Cargo link however, we have had visits from the AN-225.


VFR aircraft are uncommon, with much more suited (and cheaper) alternatives such as Derby and Nottingham airfields. VFR traffic has to enter the airspace at Long Eaton (north) or Shepshed (south) and follow the M1, before entering the pattern.
EGNX has 2 holds, ROKUP (north) and PIGOT (south) The STARS to enter these come from the WAL VOR (nr Liverpool), MCT (Manchester), and DTY (Daventry). RWY 09 is preferable for landing, with planes coming in over the M1.
SIDs to DTY(south), TNT(north), BPK(far south) and POL(far north).

One of the most famous incidents in UK aviation history happened at EMA. Flight BD092, a British Midland 737-400 flying from Heathrow to Belfast, requested to come in for a emergency landing at EGNX on the grounds of engine trouble. A blade from the left engine had detached, causing the engine to malfunction and catch fire. Because they were used to an old version of the 737, the pilots determined the right engine was the one causing the problems.
The aircraft, because of the loss of power, slowed on approach, and crash landed on the M1 motorway, 475 metres short of the runway.
47 people died from the crash, though, remarkably, no cars were going past at the time of the crash.
Kegworth air disaster:
EGNX charts:


It seems as if you are so much closer to the runway than you actually are when you pass under the approach lights on the M1.


Can u please do EBLG Liège airport in one of the upcomming episodes? Its Belgium’s cargo hub, home to TnT Airways and my local airport…
Very Nice info! Keep er going!

Flew to this airport in July of 2014. Lots of DHL.

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