Runway resurfacing at Edinburgh - Edinburgh Airport News

Airport news for Edinburgh on 31/03/2008.

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Work started yesterday resurfacing the main runway at Edinburgh Airport. Work is scheduled to continue on the project for the next eight months.

As a result of the resurfacing, the main runway at Edinburgh will be closed every night between 23:00 and 05:45. During that time, flights will be diverted onto the airport’s secondary runway.

The last resurfacing of the runway occurred in 1991. The current project will cost an estimated £16 million.

Unfortunately for residents in the southern and western areas of Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian, the project will most likely mean more noise at night. Approximately 18 aircraft land during the hours that the main runway will be closed, which may lead to aircraft noises close to some resident’s homes.

David Johnston, the managing director for Edinburgh Airport, said: “The resurfacing is an extremely important project that will renew the life of the runway for a further 10 years, and is essential to ensure the continued success of Edinburgh Airport, now Scotland's busiest airport.”

Although Johnston said that the airport would be making efforts to reduce disruption to local residents, they have also set up a hotline to deal with complaints.

“We have made every effort to minimize the impact on local communities. However, because our secondary runway will be operational during the works, residents living under the flight path may experience some disruption,” he said.

“If people do have concerns, they can call our freephone noise hotline. We will investigate their call and fine the aircraft if it is found to have broken the night- time noise threshold.”

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