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East Midlands Airport's busiest year

Figures released by East Midlands Airport reveal that 2006 was a record year for the airport with more than 4.7 million passengers passing through its doors, marking an increase of 12.8% on 2005 with a 30% increase in passenger traffic in December alone.

East Midlands Airport was one of the many airports affected by heavy fog during December with cancelled flights and delays hitting the Leicester based airport. In spite of this, however, December was a busy month for the airport with international scheduled traffic rising 36% and domestic scheduled services up by 20% year-on-year with Dublin remaining the most popular destination with almost 20,000 passengers flying to and from the city.

2007 is set to be another busy year at East Midlands Airport with more long haul routes being added to its portfolio and 14 brand new destinations including Pisa, Cuba and the Dominican Republic promising more passengers. EMA's managing director, Penny Coates, stated that, while it aims to continue increasing passenger levels, "East Midlands Airport is determined to maintain its reputation of being a friendly and easy-to-use airport."

Lying just east of Donington Park, East Midlands Airport began life as RAF Castle Donington before being decommissioned and sold to a consortium of local government authorities in the early 1960's. East Midlands is the largest unrestricted airport in the UK and, in 2004, was controversially rebranded as Nottingham East Midlands Airport then, in December 2006, East Midlands Airport: Nottingham, Leicester Derby.

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