Six cheap flights from East Midlands Airport to soak up the winter sun

An economical solution for the holiday blues

Summer is by far the favorite time of year for many students. But just because the sun is gone in England doesn’t mean it’s gone everywhere. As students of Nottingham, we are fortunate to have an airport just 30 minutes away by car or an hour on the Skylink. This makes breaks much easier.

With Reading Week fast approaching, here are the cheapest flights from East Midlands Airport so you can cure the holiday blues with some winter sunshine:

1. Naples, Italy £56

With excellent transport links and plenty of beaches, Naples offers students the best of both worlds. You can enjoy a scoop of ice cream while you write your lessons or enjoy an authentic Italian pizza during your review break. Hotels are as cheap as £65 pp based on two people sharing and temperatures can reach 17C in November. East Midlands doesn’t often have direct flights to Naples, so these flights include a fairly long layover, but this time around you can enjoy Milan’s nightlife.

Outgoing :

sunday november 6

6:00pm – 9:00pm East Midlands to Milan Bergamo via Ryanair

monday november 7

07:40 – 09:10 Milan Malpensa to Naples International via Ryanair operated by Malta Air

Incoming:

Thursday November 10

17:50 – 19:15 Naples International to Milan Bergamo via Ryanair operated by Malta Air

22:15 – 23:15 Milan Bergamo to East Midlands via Ryanair

2. Faro, Portugal £36

Faro is home to many popular Portuguese beaches such as Praia da Faro and Praia da Rocha. Spend three nights in Faro for just £30 pp and enjoy temperatures reaching 17°C in December.

Outgoing :

Friday, December 2

5.20pm – 8.15pm East Midlands to Faro via Ryanair

Incoming:

Monday, December 5

10:15 – 13:05 Faro to East Midlands via Ryanair

3. Alicante, Spain £57

Take a break from the gloomy weather of Notts and head to Alicante in December, where locals expect to celebrate Christmas in temperatures of up to 20°C. Notts students will feel right at home in Alicante as the city has its own tram lines and vibrant nightlife. A hotel for four nights in Alicante will set you back as little as £48 pp.

Outgoing :

Friday, December 9

16:05 – 19:40 East Midlands to Alicante via Ryanair

incoming

monday 12 december

5.55pm – 7.35pm Alicante to East Midlands via Ryanair

4. Malaga, Spain £42

Malaga is the second Spanish city on the list. Although it may not be as hot as Alicante in December with temperatures peaking at just 17°C. A visit in December gives you the opportunity to see one of the many Christmas markets available in Malaga as well as the very popular Christmas lights on Calle Larios. Spend four nights in a hotel for just £50 per person.

Outgoing :

Friday, December 9

12.50 – 16.40 East Midlands to Costa del Sol via Ryanair

Incoming:

monday 12 december

22:00 – 23:55 Costa del Sol to East Midlands via Ryanair

5. Valletta, Malta £65

Beaches are certainly in excess in Malta, but if lounging on the beach all day isn’t your thing, you can take a ferry to Gozo for a Jeep Safari Tour. East Midlands has no direct flights so this trip will require a stopover in Milan. You can enjoy Milan’s nightlife on your way and visit tourist attractions like Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on your way back. Change the scenery this week of reading and spend two nights in a hotel in Malta for £23 pp with temperatures reaching 20C.

Outgoing :

monday november 7

7.45pm – 10.45pm East Midlands to Milan Bergamo via Ryanair

tuesday november 8

08:35 – 10:30 Milan Bergamo to Luqa Malta International vis Ryanair operated by Malta Air

Incoming:

Thursday November 10

12:35 – 14:25 Luqa Malta International to Milan Linate via Air Malta

22:15 – 23:25 Milan Bergamo to East Midlands via Ryanair

6. Lanzarote, Canary Islands £55

Swap Portland food court lunches for paella and sangria when you take study breaks in Lanzarote in November. Spend just £75 pp on a hotel for a four night stay. With temperatures as high as 23°C, you’ll definitely feel like summer never ended.

Outgoing :

friday november 4

06:15 – 10:25 East Midlands to Lanzarote via Ryanair

Incoming:

tuesday november 8

4.30pm – 8.45pm Lanzarote to East Midlands via Ryanair

All prices were correct at the time of writing.

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