Maintenance work at Edinburgh Airport to alter flight path this weekend

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Residents living close to Edinburgh Airport could be hearing planes overhead during the night this weekend.

A small number of flights will be taking off and landing on the airport’s second runway between the hours of 11pm and 5am on weekends starting this Saturday, October 24 to allow annual maintenance work to take place.

The areas set to be most affected are South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Linlithgow, Bo’ness as well as Bonnyrigg, Loanhead, Fairmilehead, Colinton, Sighthill and South Gyle.

Edinburgh Airport Communications Director Gordon Robertson said: “Only a very small number of flights will operate during the maintenance period and these flights will have to use an alternative route. Our main runway will reopen before 5am each morning so flights can operate as normal.

“At Edinburgh Airport we are committed to having the highest possible safety standards and these essential works maintain that standard throughout the winter, when extreme weather conditions can test the durability of the runway surface.”

This is set to continue for the next three weekends until Sunday, November 8, taking advantage of minimal air traffic.

Runway and stand maintenance, along with airfield survey work, will be taking place and the same alternate flight routes were used last year for similar work to be carried out.