London Heathrow cancels flights to ‘avoid noise disruption’ during Queen’s funeral

(CNN) — Flights to and from London’s Heathrow Airport on the day of the Queen’s funeral are being canceled or re-timed “as a mark of respect” to the late monarch.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the UK’s busiest airport confirmed that it will be making “acceptable modifications” to operations “so as to keep away from noise disruption” during Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the Committal Service at Windsor Citadel on Monday.

UK’s nationwide service British Airways has already canceled 50 flights short-haul on Monday, whereas Virgin Atlantic has canceled 4 US flights to and from Heathrow Airport.

The operational modifications, probably to influence 1000’s of passengers, have been put in place to guarantee “quiet skies” during particular occasions during the day, and can have an effect on about 15% of Heathrow’s schedule.

There shall be no plane motion on the airport for half-hour from 11:40 a.m. and 12:10 p.m (GMT) to be certain that there is no such thing as a disruption during a two-minute silence on the finish of the funeral just isn’t disrupted.

‘Quiet skies’

Arrivals to Heathrow may even be halted from 1:45 p.m. and a pair of:20 p.m. “to guarantee silence during the ceremonial procession” (GMT,) and there are to be no departures for one hour and 40 minutes from 3:05 p.m. (GMT) because the ceremonial procession approaches Windsor Citadel for the interment.

In the meantime, departures are to be “decreased” from 4:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the committal service at St George’s Chapel.

“So as to observe these moments on Monday, airways will want to modify their schedules accordingly, which is able to imply some modifications to flights,” reads a statement from Heathrow.

“Passengers affected by these modifications shall be contacted immediately by their airways about their journey plans and the choices obtainable to them.”

Flights may even be diverted round Windsor Citadel, situated round 12 miles (20 kilometers from Heathrow) on the day “to reduce noise during the non-public household service and interment.”

In the meantime, Virgin Atlantic has stressed that whereas “the overwhelming majority” of flights are scheduled to function as regular, there shall be some changes to “accommodate restrictions” during the state funeral and committal ceremony.

Quite a few retailers at Heathrow Airport may even be shutting their doorways on Monday, which has been declared a public vacation within the UK.

“As a mark of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her State Funeral, we’ve decreased our schedule and re-timed some flights at Heathrow to make sure the skies are quiet at sure moments on Monday September nineteenth,” reads a press release from British Airways.

“Our ideas stay with the Royal Household and the nation.”

CNN has contacted Heathrow Airport for additional remark.

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