Airport News

Night flight diversions at Edinburgh Airport

Wed, 30 Jan, 2008

Edinburgh Airport has announced that an eight-month runway upgrade will see night time flights diverted over new residential areas.

The homes, not normally disturbed by the flights, have been identified as those in south and south-west Edinburgh, parts of Midlothian, West Lothian and areas towards Bo'ness.

Flights which will be diverted are ones which take off between 23:00 and 05:45 BST between Sunday and Friday from March 30th - estimated to be around 18 per night.

The £16 million resurfacing work, expected to be completed in November, is to replace the resurfacing done in 1991 and is expected to last for a minimum of ten years, BAA claims.

Nine community drop-in sessions will be held over the next few weeks, to provide information and answer questions any of the 45,000 affected households may have.

Managing director of the airport David Johnston commented: "Our runway is entirely safe to use at the moment, but these works are essential if we are to ensure the continued success of Edinburgh Airport, now Scotland's busiest airport."

Joe Evans

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