On the 30th March 2008, Edinburgh Airport began its multi-million pound scheme to resurface its main runway. The project will take place over 8 months, and is expected to be completed this coming November. It will cost around £16 million to resurface the runway, and will involve a number of changes to the airport’s night flights. Arrivals and departures between 23:00 and 05:45, Sunday to Friday, will be using Edinburgh’s second runway. The main runway should be in full operation during the day, however, causing minimal disruption to its daytime fliers.
The change of runway for the nighttime flights means that many aircraft will be flying close to homes that do not usually encounter aircraft noise. Households that are likely to be affected by these changes are being sent information about the project and any possible disturbances they may face over the coming months. The managing director of Edinburgh Airport has ensured that every effort has been made to minimize disturbances to local residents. The areas likely to be affected include:
- Ratho Station
- West Lothian
Anyone who has concerns about the resurfacing project is urged to attend one of the community meetings or get in touch with the airport:
Edinburgh Airport Scotland EH12 9DN
Tel: +44 (0)870 040 0007Fax: +44 (0)131 344 3470Aircraft noise hotline: 0800 731 3397
Edinburgh’s main runway was last resurfaced in 1991. It helped to transform Edinburgh Airport from a small airport to a major international airport, which is now the busiest in Scotland. The current project is expected to renew the runway’s life for another 10 years. It will help to develop Edinburgh Airport even further to accommodate for the increasing number of passengers and aircraft movements over the next decade.