East Midlands Airport is looking to significantly improve its service to passengers by unveiling plans for a major new development.

The facility will see a £12 million upgrade of its terminal building to better the amenities for the 4.3 million holidaymakers and travellers that pass through its gates on an annual basis. The initial investment is designed to improve customer experience, but there are plans afoot to significantly refurbish the security search area as well as a reconfigured terminal area to make it easier for passengers to navigate around the facility when looking to board their flight.

Officials noted that there are also further plans in 2013 to invest in the airport's shopping opportunities which is due to include a number of renowned high street stores to increasingly enhance the passenger experience. The Construction Enquirer reported that BAM Construction is believed to have secured the contract for the development with site preparation work due to get underway in the coming months and a completion date earmarked for the end of 2013.

East Midlands Airport is situated in Leicestershire, lying between Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, and was named as second busiest airport in the UK in 2011. In recent years, it has developed a number of key partnerships with the likes of Monarch and Flybe with the airlines providing worldwide access through Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport through a code share with Air France. Ryanair and Jet2.com are also planning expansion programmes within their existing carriers over summer bringing further footfall to the airport.

Tim McDermott, general manager at East Midlands Airport, spoke of the new developments and added: "East Midlands Airport plays an important role both regionally and nationally. The airport is the principle gateway to the region.

"It is incredibly important that the airport continues to develop its facilities and services to meet both current and future market demands, improve the journey for its passengers and also adapt as the industry continues to evolve."

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