Possible disturbance for Midlothian residents as airport changes runways

Maintenance work is to be carried out at Edinburgh Airport's main runway

Maintenance work is to be carried out at Edinburgh Airport's main runway

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Essential maintenance work to Edinburgh Airport’s main runway could results in increased aircraft noise for some Midlothian residents.

Over the next three weeks, aircraft will use the secondary runway, which will require an alternative take-off and landing route.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Our runway is subjected to very heavy loads and forces and can degrade over time. This work will involve resurfacing a number of areas on the runway, particularly at the aircraft touchdown zones.

“As we will be operating a different take-off and landing route some areas around Edinburgh may experience an increased level of aircraft noise between the hours of runway maintenance. Although this runway maintenance work may cause some minimal inconvenience in the short term, it is essential that we continue to invest in and improve our facilities.”

The work will be carried out during the weekends of April 19-20, April 26-27 and May 3-4 between 11pm and 5.30am. The main runway will reopen before 6am each morning.

Areas potentially affected by the new flight paths include Bonnyrigg and Loanhead as well as Fairmilehead, Colinton, Sighthill, South Gyle, Oxgangs, Kirkliston and Bo’ness.

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