East Midlands Airport is situated between the cities of Nottingham, Leicester, and Derby, with the latter being the closest. The airport itself is located in a particularly rural area but is well connected via the M1 and A42. The airport is favourable with low-cost carriers and tour operators which has made East Midlands Airport a popular choice for leisure travellers. In addition to passenger services, East Midlands Airport operates as a substantial cargo hub for over 14 cargo operators, being ranked the second busiest airport in the UK for cargo traffic behind London Heathrow Airport. The most popular destination from this airport is Alicante in Spain. East Midlands Airport has a single runway capable of receiving mid to large sized airliners.