EMAlad From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2724 times:
Just found this on the EMA website. Good news for the East Midlands.
EMA Four Times Winner Best UK Airport
East Midlands Airport (EMA) has just been voted ‘Best Airport’ at the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) Awards 2007 at a prestigious ceremony in London.
The annual awards event, hosted by former England rugby centre and 2003 World Cup winner Will Greenwood, was held recently at Plaisterer’s Hall and brought together hundreds of aviation industry representatives. Last year the ‘Best Airport’ award went to Dubai Airport so the standard was extremely high. The membership of BACA was asked to vote for the best airport they had dealt with over the last year.
It is the fourth time in two years that East Midlands Airport has been hailed as ‘Best UK Airport’ – in 2005, EMA was commended by the TTG British Travel Awards and in 2006, by the Travel Weekly Globe Awards and by Selling Long Haul and Short Breaks magazine respectively.
Managing Director of East Midlands Airport, Penny Coates said,
“This is another great achievement for the whole team at the Airport and it’s fantastic to be recognised in this way, especially on a global platform. It’s a real testament to the hard work that has been put into making East Midlands Airport an excellent international facility for both passengers and freight – something we are all immensely proud of”.
Chairman of the Baltic Air Charter Association, Markham Jackson said,
“I consider that the award for East Midlands Airport is well deserved, as shown by the response of the membership and I would like to congratulate the Airport on this further honour”.
Good old East Midlands Airport!!!!!!!!!!! What does everyone else think to this?
Fruitbat From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 554 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2623 times:
Who are BACA?!??!?
Pleased for EMA, but all I can say is that the "aviation industry representatives" haven't tried to catch a 7am flight out of there and been faced with a queue for security tailing back to the EasyJet check-in desks!
However the upgrade / refurbishment seems to be going well, hope that normality soon returns with extra gates and NO BUSES FROM REMOTE STANDS!!
Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals ... except the weasel.
Raffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2555 times:
EMA is my local airport and I find it very hard to accept that it has been awarded the best airport in the UK again...
I have had to wait over an hour to get my baggage through when coming in on a 757/767 from the Canaries at 1am with no other aircraft around... God only knows what it's like when there's 3 or 4 flights arriving alongside of one another.
The airport does offer lots of destinations but I really would like to see some good expansion- perhaps a few air bridges and a scheduled carrier- perhaps LH or AF?
EMAlad From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2474 times:
Yes it is certainly good news for EMA. I haven't flown from there in a while, firstly because of the stupid name change that insulted the people of Derby and Leicester, and secondly because of the lack of flights to Barcelona.
I recently flew from Birmingham to Edinburgh and was subjected to a 6 hour delay because of fog, which really peeved me off. I heard then that BHX does suffer from fog because of being in a dip. Does this affect EMA in the same way?
A friend of mine says that the refurb and building has made a big difference to the airport. I would also like to see more sheduled carriers out of EMA. Am glad that we see BA out of the airport, even though it isn't really BA lol.
Embajador3 From Spain, joined Aug 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
Good for EMA, however i'd have given that award to a bigger and costumer friendly airport in the UK. IMHO, LHR. All my experiences at LHR had been very good: pleasant BAA team, long queues (but it didn't take long to get me through security) and a great range of international airlines flying from and to there. But again, congrats EMA!
A380Heavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2419 times:
Quoting Raffik (Reply 2): The airport does offer lots of destinations but I really would like to see some good expansion- perhaps a few air bridges and a scheduled carrier- perhaps LH or AF?
EMA is my local airport too and it is frustrating to see the potential of this conveniently located airport not being utilised.
The road infrastructure is great with the M1 only being half a mile away, the cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester surround the airport.
The East Midlands must be amongst the most culturally diverse set of communities anywhere in the UK. Certainly there would be sufficient demand from the Asian communities for someone like PIA, Air India, Jet Airways etc to use EMA.
It would certainly stop them from having to travel to BHX and MAN to catch their flights.
The lack of air bridges definately goes against EMA - who knows if we had them then we might have seem the likes of EK coming in.
It would be so nice to see more than just 737's and AIrbus A319's & 320's all time - its like groundhog day there at the moment - Ryanair, Easyjet, BMIBaby, Ryanair, Easyjet, BMIBaby, Ryanair............
Well done to EMA - but having been to Dubai, for example, I can't see how they got this award.
Findingnema From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2284 times:
I'm really pleased to see EMA has won this award, as a regular user and from this week as an employee at the airport it's great to see the airport being recognised.
Quoting Raffik (Reply 2): I have had to wait over an hour to get my baggage through when coming in on a 757/767 from the Canaries at 1am
That isn't the airport's responsibility it's Servisair, a company particularly at East Midlands renowned for their usual operational efficiency and friendliness with dealing with people at 01:00 or 13:00 come rain or shine!
Quoting Raffik (Reply 2): perhaps a few air bridges and a scheduled carrier
Airbridges I think are a mistake for EMA. The airport's bread and butter are the low-cost airlines and charter carriers who want to drop off and pick up passengers with very quick turnarounds, ie be able to use steps by all exits and not waste time positioning airbridges. I do agree we need a hub carrier or a bmi regional route perhaps linking a Star Alliance hub so we can have onward connections.
Don't get me started! I have family in BCN and was really annoyed when bmibaby dropped the route (never used the EZY service.) Most likely a defense reaction to FR launching GRO, they claimed it was slot issues, yet exactly the same slots are now being used for the BHXBCN service, so hopefully if that route does well and we get a sixth aircraft then BCN might come back.
Genuinely I think EMA is a customer friendly airport, mostly because the Midlands as a whole is quite a friendly region, and as a regional airport I think, or hope, that other staff feel like me and take great pride in our airport as a gateway to our three cities.