East Midlands Airport is primarily served by airline companies that specialize in flights to popular tourist destinations throughout Europe, Africa, and the American continents. Several major British airline companies connect England’s East Midlands region with world famous resort destinations. All of the gates and ticket counters are located on the Ground Floor of the terminal building at East Midlands Airport.
Thomson Airways is the busiest company at East Midlands Airport. Based in the outskirts of London, this company is the largest charter airline in the world. All year long, Thomson Airways connects the East Midlands area with popular Spanish destinations such as Alicante, Malaga, the Canary Islands, and Balearic Islands. The Dominican Republic cities of Puerto Plata and Punta Cana are also accessible all year long via Thomson Airways.
During peak vacation season, Thomson Airways offers charter flights to popular Mediterranean destinations such as the Greek islands of Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes, Paphos, Skiathos, and Zakynthos. Other seasonal destinations offered by the world’s largest charter airline include Antalya (Turkey), Burgas (Bulgaria), and Naples (Italy). Offering service to Orlando-Sanford International Airport, Thomson Airways is the only airline to provide non stop service to the United States.
Thomas Cook Airlines is the second busiest carrier at East Midlands Airport. Based in England’s city of Manchester, Thomas Cook Airlines is another major British charter company that links the East Midlands area with popular holiday destinations. This airline actually operates a schedule that is similar to Thomson Airways. All year long, Thomas Cook Airlines takes passengers to Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh, two popular Egyptian resorts along the Red Sea. The popular Turkish resort cities of Antalya, Bodrum, and Izmir are also accessible via Thomas Cook Airlines.
The Jet2 airline company is another major British carrier that serves East Midlands Airport. This low cost airline provides year round trips to the Canary Islands of Lanzarote and Tenefire South. Additionally, there are more than 20 seasonal destinations offered through Jet2 service. France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Greece are on the list of seasonal Jet2 flights.
Passengers at East Midlands Airport can also take advantage of another busy low cost airline company. The Irish airline Ryanair operates flights to more than a dozen European destinations all year long. More than a dozen other destinations by Ryanair are offered during specific seasons.
British Airways only offers one route from East Midlands Airport. The U.K. flag carrier takes passengers to Faro, a popular waterfront city in southern Portugal.