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BAA Edinburgh Airport last week announced the details for a multi-million pound project to resurface it's main runway.

At a cost of £16 million, the project will run from 30 March to November 2008 and will involve a change to the Scottish hub's night time operation for the eight month duration. Flights landing at the airport between 23:00 and 05:45, Sunday through to Friday, will be shifted to the airport's second runway. Occasional work will be undertaken on Friday and Saturday nights and the main runway will still be used during the day.

BAA have issued a statement that the work is "likely to result in aircraft operating over or close to homes that do not normally experience aircraft noise, in areas such as Midlothian, West Lothian and Bo'ness." 45,000 homes in the area will receive information leaflets about the project and the potential for disturbance.

It is projected that the work will renew the life of the main runway for at least 10 years. Edinburgh Airport Managing Director, David Johnston said: "The resurfacing of our main runway is an extremely important project. 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."

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