Chaos at Edinburgh Airport over runway hole - Edinburgh Airport News

Airport news for Edinburgh on 28/04/2008.

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Last Wednesday, a pothole was found in the main runway at Edinburgh Airport, causing long delays for passengers. The problem required the airport to close the runway to incoming flights for almost three hours while a solution was found.

Engineers worked to fix the problem at the Newbridge end of the runway, while planes landed on the crosswind runway.

The problem was discovered at 14:00 and it took until 17:15 for repairs to be completed. A total of 11 flights heading to Edinburgh had to be diverted to either Glasgow or Prestwick but most of the flights leaving Edinburgh had to wait and suffered delays.

Two weeks ago, resurfacing of Edinburgh’s airport began and took place mainly at night time. The £16 million project is scheduled to take place over the next eight months.

A spokesperson from Edinburgh Airport said: “The main runway is having resurfacing work done and combined with bad weather there was a hole.” In 2007, Edinburgh was the busiest airport in Scotland, handling over nine million passengers. In terms of passenger numbers, Edinburgh is the seventh busiest airport in the UK. Industry experts expect passenger numbers to jump to 20 million a year by 2030.

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