Passengers arriving into the airport on June 21 at 3.20pm from Alicante, will be the first to step inside the airport’s terminal since COVID-19 lockdown measures, introduced in March, brought an abrupt halt to non-essential passenger air travel.
The first scheduled departure will be at 3.45pm as the same aircraft returns to Alicante.
A total of 16 Ryanair flights to and from EMA are scheduled until the end of June.
Karen Smart, East Midlands Airport’s Managing Director, said: “I am delighted that we will welcome back our first passengers, even if they are few in number, this coming Sunday. This is a really positive development. I am confident that many people across the region will start using their local airport again for a quick and easy get-away to their favourite holiday destinations when conditions allow. It may take two to three years before passengers return in the numbers we had pre-COVID, but EMA will always continue to be an important gateway for both people and products.”
Anyone returning to the UK from overseas must quarantine for 14 days and the current Foreign Office advice remains against non-essential travel. If a review of these measures in late June results in an easing of restrictions, passenger airlines operating out of EMA are keen to resume fuller schedules in July.
Here is the new guidance people will need to follow when flying from East Midlands Airport
People displaying symptoms of Covid-19 should not fly.
Passengers should check the flight status before they leave home as some schedules are still subject to change.
Only those who are flying will be allowed inside the terminal.
Face coverings should applied before entering the terminal.
Plenty of time must be allowed for check-in and security, which may take longer than normal.
Passengers should check the latest government travel advice and any requirements for returning passengers to quarantine or complete relevant documentation.
Travelling to the Airport
A limited number of car parks will be in operation. Drivers are advised to familiarise themselves with booking details and follow the signs to the correct car park.
Due to a loss of all passenger income streams since March, the airport has increase prices for some services including rapid drop off.
Drivers dropping off passengers are not permitted in the terminal.
Inside the Airport
Passengers should maintain social distancing as far as possible throughout their journey.
Face covering must remain on when in the terminal. Airlines might not permit passengers to fly if a face covering is not being worn. Passengers who forget will be able to purchase one inside the terminal.
Hands must be cleaned regularly using sanitising stations throughout the airport.
The airport is trialling the use of temperature screening technology which passengers will see on entry to the departure hall.
An enhanced cleaning regime is in place.
Protective screens have been installed at check-in desks, in security and at boarding gates to protect staff.
Initially, many of the airport shops, restaurants and bars will be closed. Light refreshments will be available from a take-way facility.