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Edinburgh Airport to continue essential runway works in May

It is necessary for Edinburgh Airport to continue with essential maintenance work on its main runway over the next two weeks.

The work will be carried out between 2300hrs and 0530hrs from Saturday 03 May until Wednesday 07 May. It will then resume on Saturday 10 May until Wednesday 14 May during the same times.

During this time, aircraft will use the airport’s secondary runway.

Only a very small number of flights will operate during the time of work and these will have to use an alternative take-off and landing route. The main runway will reopen before 6am each morning so flights can operate without disrupting local residents and passengers.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "With an average of 380 aircraft movements each day during the summer period, it’s crucial we make sure our runway safe for operation.

"Our runway is our most important asset and is subjected to very heavy loads and forces. It can, therefore, degrade over time. The work we’re carrying out involves resurfacing a number of areas on the runway, particularly at the aircraft touchdown zones.

"As we‘ll 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."

Areas potentially affected include:

Bonnyrigg Loanhead Fairmilehead Colinton Sighthill South Gyle Oxgangs Kirkliston Bo’ness