The my15 trentbarton service will be adding extra pick-up points across South Derbyshire, North-West Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, as well as other places in the East Midlands region, helping holidaymakers beat expensive airport parking charges and reach the airport on schedule.
The changes came into effect on Sunday March 25, including new stops at Shardlow and Castle Donington which go directly to the airport.
It also connects holidaymakers starting from Ilkeston, Stapleford and Sandiarce.
The service will run hourly from 5am to midnight, seven days a week and cost £5 one-way or £10 return.
It’s great news for the 4.3 million passengers that pass through the airport every year.
However, “it’s not just for jet setters”, a press release from trentbarton says.
“10,000 people work at or near East Midlands Airport and a potential 20,000 new jobs are set to be created at the largest pure freight airport in the UK”.
It will also “play a vital role in connecting Erewash [a local borough in east Derbyshire] to jobs, and the beaches across Europe”.
It’s expected the new route will take around one hour between Ilkeston, in Derbyshire and East Midlands Airport, although it peak times this may rise to one hour and fifteen minutes.
The exciting new service is also expected to increase job opportunities in the region, with the potential to create 20,000 new jobs.
The news coincides with the creation of 1,400 jobs thanks to the building of a new UPS parcel sorting and delivery complex next door.
Tom Morgan, director of service delivery at trentbarton, said to Burton Mail: “Linking local communities to such a developing employment hub is incredibly important for the region and should have a positive effect on the local economies. We are very excited by the changes and expect them to be warmly received by our customers.
“There are of course some things that won’t change, such as our friendly passionate driving team, who have become renowned for delivering excellent customer service over a number of years.”
Despite the airport closing last week due severe weather conditions caused by the ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma last week, East Midlands is back up and open for business as usual.
The airport, located in Leicestershire, flies to over 90 business and leisure destinations including Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh. It also flies to summer sun destinations in Europe such as Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife. East Midlands Airport is a vibrant hub, drawing in 6,000 jobs and generating £300 million for the region.