Published on May 23rd, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer


Aviation Enthusiast Group Visit – East Midlands Airport – Cargo Village

Airliner Experience is pleased to announce permission has been obtained for a Ramp Tour of the Cargo Village at East Midlands Airport (EMA). This exclusive group visit will permit access to the live ramp to view cargo aircraft movements during busy evening operations.   

This exciting tour will take place on two dates, Wednesday 5th of July & Wednesday 12th of July 2023 with visits to several vantage points within the Cargo Village to observe aircraft movements and as a ‘spotting’ opportunity. Transportation while airside will be by Airport Operations Vehicle. 

East Midlands Airport is home to the UK’s largest dedicated Air Cargo Operation, making it the country’s most important airport for express freight. Handling over 440,000 tonnes of goods each year, EMA is a hub for DHL, UPS, FedEx & Royal Mail. On average, 2,350 cargo aircraft movements per month occur at EMA, the highest number of any UK airport by a significant margin. To put it into perspective, this is more than all London airports combined! London Stansted would be 2nd at approximately 850 cargo aircraft movements per month. 

Numerous cargo airlines operate in East Midlands on a regular basis, an extensive list includes representatives from: 

DHLCargoJetIcelandair Cargo 
UPSABX AirZimex Aviation 
FedExCargoLogicAirPolar Air Cargo 
West Atlantic UKSwift AirEtihad Cargo 
AerologicStar AirUzbekistan Cargo 
MNG AirlinesPrime AirAntonov Airlines 
ASL AirlinesQatar CargoSilk Way West Airlines 

The Main Event is from 7.30pm till 10.00pm. The group will be escorted air-side using Airport Operations Vehicle to travel to our viewing location.  

Prior to our evening rendezvous at East Midlands, our intention is to visit Airspeed Aviation Ltd. at Derby Airfield which is the largest maintenance facility for light aircraft in the UK Midlands. Vintage Flying are also based here, with the companies Tiger Moth bi-plane. Our tour will also take us to Marcia Marina – Derbyshire, Europe’s largest inland Marina, with accommodation for over 630 boats, set in the 24-acre Willington Lake on the Trent & Mersey Canal network.    

Sample cargo aircraft which frequent East Midlands Airport include: 


Fairchild Metroliner(F) 

B737-300(f) / 400(F) / 800(F) 















Due to severely restricted numbers permitted on the ramp, it has been agreed to perform two Group Visits – Group A – Wednesday 5th of July & Group B – Wednesday 12th of July

A rare opportunity to experience air-side operations at the UK’s busiest Cargo Village. The sights, the sounds, and the atmosphere as freighters from around the world congregate at this bustling UK hub, from dinky turboprop freighters to 777 cargo giants, and aircraft from multiple manufacturers, both on the ground and in the air. A special evening of ultimate aircraft observation directly in the heart of operations…………… Don’t miss out!  

If interested please let us know ASAP. The registration process will be through Airliner Experience.  For more details including Itinerary and to Register Your Interest email airliner-experience@live.com  


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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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