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ATNotts 23rd Dec 2015 14:47

East Midlands Airport boycott threat over Derby County advert - BBC News

Exactly how pathetic is this?

It also serves to illustrate one of the problems with EMA - it's name! Most airports have one city name (in the case of LBA - two cities!). EMA has the name of a place that you can't find on a map - since as a city or administrative area it doesn't exist, which makes it quite difficult for a foreign visitor to make a choice to fly to it. Worse, if a foreign visitor identifies anything about the region it's Robin Hood - but another airport, nowhere near where people believe he came from thought of it first.

Then when the airport tried, with some commercial advertising money, to identify with a city in the region a bunch of dunderheads makes a noise about it because it's not their footie team!

If it were up to me I'd change the airport to "Derby / Nottingham" of "Nottingham / Derby" and face the inevitable consequences from Leicester City fans!

VC10man 23rd Dec 2015 15:21

EMA is my nearest airport and I wish I could use it more, but I usually have to go from BHX because there are more flights from there to where I want to go. I wish we still had BMIbaby and easyJet, all we've now got is Ryanair and Flybe.

As for the name, I would rather it stayed East Midlands Airport. Before people can fly to it they need some routes to it. I did not like it called Nottingham and I hate the fact that no one's heard of Derby and everyone has heard of Nottingham thanks to Robin Hood and Brian Clough (who was our manager before Forest's) But next year when the Rams get promoted everyone will know where Derby is!

Merry Christmas.

Local Variation 23rd Dec 2015 20:02

What's Nottingham got to do with it?

The airport is in Leicestershire with a Derby post code. Spot the odd one out.

ATNotts 24th Dec 2015 08:29


Originally Posted by Local Variation (Post 9219212)
What's Nottingham got to do with it?

The airport is in Leicestershire with a Derby post code. Spot the odd one out.

What have counties got to do with it? it is all to do with the airport promoting itself outside the UK. Probably the best known city in the East Midlands, and also the one which EMA is closest to is Nottingham. The post code is an accident of Royal Mail geography.

If Leicestershire hadn't thrown it's hat in with the other two councils when EMA was developed back in the 1960s it would have had no claim on the place at all, and now MAG owns and operates it they need to create an identity.

Clearly "Nottingham East Midlands" didn't work, but I would have though that linking the two cities - Derby and Nottingham in the airport name would work best as these two cities are the main industrial and commercial conurbations.

Incidentally, as an expat Brummie with absolutely no tribal loyalties to any of the cities, counties or their football teams I come at this from a totally unbiased point of view!

valefan16 24th Dec 2015 08:30

It represents the region so should be East Midlands Airport IMO, the idea of foreign tourists not knowing where it is doesn't overly apply considering its either Holiday flights (even a huge chuck of the LCC flights are to British holiday hotspots such as ALC, PMI) or LCC flights to the Polish cities most of whom would travel to visit family so would know of it anyway.


Unless it gets some more scheduled operations its fairly pointless changing and it wont happen anyway in the short term as BHX is getting everything in.


I live 10 miles from EMA, my lass works there but we've flown out of it twice in 3 years both on a sun holiday (we've probably been away about 12 times in that period) but the choice is so limited from EMA and the flights that they do seem to always end up more expensive the BHX, LTN or MAN.

dude1882 24th Dec 2015 08:44


If Leicestershire hadn't thrown it's hat in with the other two councils when EMA was developed back in the 1960s it would have had no claim on the place at all
Apart from its within Leicestershire? Derby Post Code yes, but Castle Donnington is Leicestershire :p

valefan16 24th Dec 2015 09:36

You could make the case that if it did change the name to be more easily identifiable in location then Leicester/Nottingham Airport would be better...


Nottingham has Robin Hood and that.


Leicester is the biggest city in the East Midlands and has blown massively in the public eye in the last few years due to King Richard III in the Car Park.


Although as said its airport for the region and as such should be kept that way.

dude1882 24th Dec 2015 10:41

Clearly shows how much is going on at EMA if we are talking about what County its in :)

The problem with associating it with Leicester is that both the Cities of Notts and Derby are closer.

Everybody associates Derby with the Peaks so it really is in the middle of all... may as well call is M1 J24 East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire but its closest City is Derby closely followed by Nottingham - has a ring don’t you think :ok:

egnxema 24th Dec 2015 15:26

Clearly we are all bored as the old name chestnut has arisen again :{

But it's Christmas, there's nothing on the telly, so why not join in the futility of the conversation.

Ordinance Survey identify Lindley Hall Farm, Leicestershire (near Fenny Drayton and Higham on the Hill) (52°33′42.942″N 1°27′53.474″W; SP 36373.66 96143.05) as being the geographical centre of England and erected a plague there saying such on 14 June 2013.

Therefore, a new name for EMA could be England Central Airport. It's biased to no city or county, and for any foreigner unsure where EMA is - clue would be in the title.

Case solved.

Right - any actual news? Preferably not sourced from the Evening Telegraph, Evening Post or Mercury? :sad:

johnnychips 25th Dec 2015 23:21


Worse, if a foreign visitor identifies anything about the region it's Robin Hood - but another airport, nowhere near where people believe he came from thought of it first.
Yes we are bored, but Robin Hood is associated with Nottingham because of his evil rival, the Sheriff. Robin lived in the Major Oak, which is nearer to DSA than EMA. EMA is in Leicestershire. DSA is in South Yorkshire but less than one mile from the Nottinghamshire border.

To be honest, I doubt either airport gets many incoming tourists anyway, no matter how delightful their environs. Happy Boxing Day!

BHX5DME 26th Dec 2015 10:58

EMA Xmas Day - why bother to open ?
 
1 flight a TOM to TFS !

BHX had 40 flights.

Not sure how EMA can justify opening for just one flight

Balair 26th Dec 2015 11:34

Absolutely ridiculous, allowing an airline to operate from its base and its passengers to fly from their chosen airport....!

And to whom should the EMA management have to justify this decision may I ask? I would congratulate them on putting the wishes of their customers over commerciality for once - Happy Christmas!

Mooncrest 28th Dec 2015 18:45

EMA only had one flight on Christmas Day ? Golly, even LBA did better, with its own TOM TFS, a Monarch TFS and two KLM rotations to AMS. Let the good times roll !

sunday8pm 4th Jan 2016 12:18

What month do Ryanair release their schedule from November onwards?

FRatSTN 4th Jan 2016 16:41

Probably March / April time, if not from late Feb.

FRatSTN 6th Jan 2016 16:27

According to the Irish News it appears EMA will be one of the new Ryanair destinations from BFS.

Hopefully it will be and would be nice to see FR operating a higher frequency route from EMA year-round that is not ALC, PMI, FAO etc.

I wonder how BE will respond though?

insuindi 22nd Jan 2016 10:50

Eurowings
 
Eurowings will commence DUS-EMA 6/7 CR9 for the summer 2016 timetable period.

valefan16 22nd Jan 2016 11:53

Good news for the airport!

ATNotts 22nd Jan 2016 12:59


Originally Posted by insuindi (Post 9245628)
Eurowings will commence DUS-EMA 6/7 CR9 for the summer 2016 timetable period.

Best piece of news passenger-wise for EMA in a while.

egnxema 26th Jan 2016 19:52

Thomson TFS to EMA this evening
 
On flight radar this evening I saw the Thomson flight from TFS was routed up over the Irish Sea, then a right at Holyhead, then fracked to EMA on the same route you'd expect a DUB-EMA to take. To Nottingham, right on to base leg and finals. This seems an unusual routing in to EMA from TFS. Any ideas why this flight path would be chosen or allocated?

Almost Prof - are you still around?


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