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Humberside Airport

Humberside Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Eastern Airways
Operator Humberside International Airport Ltd.
Serves East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Kingston upon Hull
Location Kirmington, Lincolnshire
Elevation AMSL 121 ft / 37 m
EGNJ is located in Lincolnshire
Location in Lincolnshire
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,196 7,205 Asphalt & Concrete
08/26 860 2,822 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 239,173
Passenger change 13-14 +1%
Aircraft Movements 27,647
Movements change 13-14 +1%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Humberside Airport (ICAO: EGNJ) is an international airport situated at Kirmington in the Borough of North Lincolnshire, England, 10 NM (19 km; 12 mi) west of Grimsby and around 15 mi (24 km) from both Kingston upon Hull and Scunthorpe, on the A18. Humberside Airport was owned by Manchester Airports Group (the largest UK-owned airport group) from 1999 until 1 August 2012, when it was sold to the Eastern Group of companies. North Lincolnshire Council retains a minority of shares in the Airport.[3]

According to Airports Council International, Humberside Airport was voted in 2010 the best European airport serving fewer than two million passengers annually.[4]


  • History 1
  • Operations 2
  • Airlines and destinations 3
    • Passenger 3.1
  • Statistics 4
    • Passengers and movements 4.1
    • Routes 4.2
  • Ground transport 5
    • Bus service 5.1
    • Rail 5.2
  • Other facilities 6
  • Accidents and incidents 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The airport was previously a Royal Air Force base, RAF Kirmington, opened in 1941 during World War II, from which No. 166 Squadron RAF operated the Avro Lancaster. The site was abandoned after the war in 1945, and lay unused until 1974 when the local council re-opened the site as Kirmington Airport.[5] When the local area was renamed Humberside following local government re-organisation in England, the name was changed to Humberside Airport. The main runway, designated 03/21 (since redesignated 02/20) was extended to its current length in 1992, allowing operation of much larger aircraft.

In 2008, MAG announced that it was conducting a review of its strategy for Humberside Airport, and all options including disposal were under consideration. Initially it announced plans to sell Humberside Airport after nine years of ownership.[6] In December 2008, MAG announced it intended to retain Humberside Airport, due to a number of investments, such as the new £1.6 million perishables hub, coupled with a surge in passenger numbers and little interest from potential bidders.[7]

MAG sold its 83.7% share of Humberside in 2012 for £2.3 million to Eastern Group to focus on the larger airports in its portfolio.[8] It was later revealed that MAG had bought the airport for almost £8 million more in 1999.[3]


The airport faces competition for flights from East Midlands Airport (70 mi (110 km)), Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (28 mi (45 km)) which opened in 2005 and Leeds Bradford International Airport (74 mi (119 km)); all of these airports offer a substantially wider range of scheduled flights than Humberside Airport, although Robin Hood Airport has also seen large reductions in holiday flights during the last 12 months. Passenger numbers at the airport peaked in the early to mid-2000s when the facility was used by around 500,000 passengers per year, however this had fallen to around 275,000 passengers in 2011.[2] Cargo throughput at Humberside, however, reached record levels in 2011 at over 1,100 tonnes, around 10 times the level seen in 2005.[2]

In October 2013 SAS Group began daily operations to Copenhagen, only to withdraw the service in April 2014 because of disappointing passenger numbers.[9]

The airport is also used to service the offshore gas storage and drilling operations for BP[10] and Centrica Storage[11] with over 8,000 air transport helicopter movements in 2011, the fourth highest in the UK.[2] On 3 January 2013 it was reported that Bond Offshore Helicopters had been awarded a contract with Perenco and would start operating flights to Perenco's platforms in the Southern North Sea. This now means that the airport has three of the biggest UK Helicopter operators based at the airport.[12] From 1 April 2015 Bristow Helicopters will also operate a UK Search and Rescue base at Humberside.

Humberside has one of the highest NEQ approval levels of any airport in Europe,[13] and has seen significant growth in cargo throughput from 144 tonnes in 2007 to 1,132 tonnes in 2011.[2] This was due to regular flights by Icelandair Cargo, which ceased to operate in 2012.

Humberside International has a fixed based operation (FBO) at Humberside International airport. This will be the first dedicated FBO at the airport and the company has also opened a regional charter sales office at the airport to promote and develop the use of business and private aviation in the local Humberside region.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
BH Air Seasonal charter: Burgas
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Eastern Airways Aberdeen
Flybe Seasonal: Jersey
Germania Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca
operated by BA CityFlyer
Seasonal charter: Alicante, Palma de Mallorca[14]
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Naples, Verona[14]


Passengers and movements

Humberside Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2012 (thousands)
Updated: 11 April 2012.[2]
The memorial to 166 squadron at the door of the modern airport terminal
Number of Passengers Aircraft Movements Cargo
2000 447,738 38,894 130
2001 435,473 39,858 157
2002 492,433 42,361 126
2003 517,692 39,318 945
2004 531,277 38,455 752
2005 460,930 36,839 114
2006 520,956 37,545 144
2007 468,522 38,797 144
2008 427,669 37,758 168
2009 336,649 35,060 241
2010 283,191 32,813 600
2011 274,609 26,599 1,132
2012 234,142 25,636 621
2013 236,083 27,178 153
Source: CAA Official Statistics[15]


10 busiest routes to and from Humberside Airport (2014)
Rank Airport Passengers handled % Change
2013 / 14
1  Netherlands - Amsterdam 118,143 3.9
2  United Kingdom - Oil rigs 52,294 3.4
3  United Kingdom - Aberdeen 36,595 7
4  Turkey - Dalaman 5,482 8.6
5  Bulgaria - Burgas 4,785 19.4
6  Tunisia - Enfidha 4,677 5.5
7  Jersey - Jersey 2,250 17.2
8  Spain - Alicante 1,714 43.3
9  Denmark - Copenhagen 1,535 56.9
10  Spain - Palma de Mallorca 828 89.1
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority [2]

Ground transport

Bus service

Barnetby Station with Alight here for Humberside Airport signage

An hourly daytime bus service operated by Stagecoach runs from Grimsby and Hull to the airport from Monday to Saturday, which is named as the "Humber Flyer" service.[16] A local service, serving the villages surrounding the airport is run by Hornsby Travel from Monday to Friday.[17]


The airport lies close to the South Humberside Main Line, which runs between Doncaster and the coast at Grimsby and Cleethorpes, running a few hundred metres to the north of the terminal. There is no stop on the line at this point and passengers must alight at the small, rural and unmanned Barnetby railway station some 2.5 miles (4 km) to the west of the airport, or proceed to Grimsby or Hull and use the bus service.

Other facilities

The airline Eastern Airways has its head office in the Schiphol House on the airport property.[18] Links Air was based at the airport, but moved to Doncaster Sheffield Airport in 2014. BAE Systems are now using the hangar until their new training facility opens in Autumn 2015.

In 2010 a temporary hotel was erected for the use by the gas and oil rig workers. However, this operation is not designed or licensed to operate as accommodation for normal passengers.[19][20] This is a temporary structure run by Nightel, a locally based niche business, there will be a permanent structure built in the next five years once demand for the facility has been confirmed.[21]

Accidents and incidents

  • 9 October 2013 - The passenger of Cessna 172 G-BCYR made a successful emergency landing at Humberside following the death of its pilot in flight. The passenger had no flying experience and was talked down by flying instructors. He had been on a local flight from Sandtoft Airfield, Lincolnshire when the pilot died.[22] The incident formed the basis of a documentary broadcast in the United Kingdom by Channel 4 on 27 March 2014.[23]


  1. ^ Humberside - EGNJ
  2. ^ a b c d e f UK Annual Airport Statistics
  3. ^ a b "New Humberside Airport owners pledge to put local needs first". Grimsby Telegraph. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Incheon International Airport named Best Airport Worldwide". Airports Council International. 2 July 2011. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "RAF History, Kirmington". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Humberside Airport to be sold off". BBC News. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  7. ^ "MAG cancels Humberside Airport sale plan". Manchester Evening News. 16 December 2008. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  8. ^ "Humberside Airport sold by Manchester Airports Group". BBC News. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  9. ^ "Flights from Humberside to Copenhagen scrapped". ITV news. 27 Mar 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Asset Portfolio - The Ravenspurn North Field" (PDF). BP. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "About Us - Key Facts". Centrica Storage. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Weston Cargo Aircraft Charter". Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Destinations - Humberside Airport
  15. ^ UK Airport Statistics
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ Home page. Eastern Airways. Retrieved on 29 December 2011. "Head Office Eastern Airways Schiphol House Humberside Airport Kirmington DN39 6YH"
  19. ^ "New hotel at Humberside Airport about to get off the ground". Grimsby Telegraph. July 14, 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2013. It is the first on-site hotel at the airport and is designed solely for offshore oil and gas workers and other business personnel. 
  20. ^ "Nightel". Humberside Airport. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Cueing up to stay at airport's hotel". Hull Daily Mail. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2013. Mr Green said: "The hotel is a temporary building because we need to be able to prove the market is there. ... We will get off the ground with this building then build a fully operative hotel when the time when necessary.  'Cueing' is exactly what the newspaper said
  22. ^ Thornton, Lucy; Bagot, Martin (9 October 2013). "'"Humberside Airport hero revealed: Modest pensioner who landed plane after pilot collapsed says I was 'just holding the stick. Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Mayday: The passenger who landed a plane". 27 March 2014. Event occurs at 21:00. Channel 4. 

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