Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Noise warning as Edinburgh Airport flight path changes

Airplane in flight
Areas affected include Bonnyrigg, Loanhead, Fairmilehead, Colinton, Sighthill, South Gyle, Oxgangs, Kirkliston and Bo'ness

Residents close to Edinburgh Airport have been warned about increased aircraft noise while the regular flight path is temporarily changed.

Work is to be carried out on Edinburgh Airport's main runway over the next three weekends between 23:00 and 05:30.

Areas affected include Bonnyrigg, Loanhead, Fairmilehead, Colinton, Sighthill, South Gyle, Oxgangs, Kirkliston and Bo'ness.

Operators said the work would "maintain safe operation" of the main runway.

The airport said only a small number of flights would operate during the renovations, and the main runway would reopen before 06:00 each morning.

Heavy loads

The renovations are part of a £150m programme including the construction of a new security hall which is due to be completed by October.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport's chief executive, 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 airport had a 4.9% rise in passenger numbers last month compared with the previous year.

More than 730,000 passed through, with the figures showing increases in domestic and international passenger numbers.

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