Over the last year Low Cost Flights at East Midlands Airport seem to have stagnated and where other UK airports are seeing phenominal growth EMA is standing still.
In the summer East Midlands saw passenger numbers drop a small number for the first time in two or three years.
easyJet has been expanding phenominally at other airports like LTN, STN and LGW and also at Bristol which was also inherited as an ex-GO base before the take over. easyJet have only two aircrafts based at the airport dropping both Barcelona and Glasgow from their routes to be replaced by Cologne and Rome. They seem to have shown no interest in expanding services at EMA.
Also BMI Baby seems a very similar story, a few years back this was there primary base with 6-8 aircraft based there and on the surface it may appear they fly to as many destinations but many of these routes are only operated 2-4 times a week instead of the daily services they use to offer. Many of their aircrafts have been switched to CWL, MAN and now it look likely EMA is going to suffer further losses to BHX. (How many aircraft are based at EMA?)
Ryanair has launched services to Dublin, Murcia and Gerona in the last few months but these flights are not on any big numbers. Also Ryanair has decided to go head to head with easyJet on the Rome route which they are due to launch soon.
If EMA likely to become a future Ryanair Hub?
What is the problem with East Midlands and why are LCC not expanding here, do you think easyJet or BMI Baby may even pull out?