Heathrow cancels flights so as to not disturb Queen’s funeral procession

Image above: a plane over Heathrow Airport

Further cancellations likely in the run up to the Queen’s funeral

Heathrow Airport said ‘appropriate alterations’ will be made their flight schedules over the coming days ‘out of respect’ for the mourning period following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Flights were cancelled or disrupted from 1.50pm and 3.40pm on Wednesday (14 September) to ‘ensure silence over central London’ as the ceremonial procession moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. Prince William and Prince Harry joined their father King Charles III to walk behind the monarch’s coffin at 2.22pm.

The Civil Aviation Authority has also imposed a restriction on airspace over central London which bans aircraft – including drones – flying below 2,500ft between September 9-19.

British Airways has cancelled 16 short-haul flights due to the airspace restriction. More flights are likely to be scrapped on Monday (19 September) when people across the UK and international leaders gather for the Queen’s funeral.

Image above: BA check-in at Heathrow

Passengers to be notified directly about flight cancellations, say Heathrow

A statement from Heathrow said:

‘Passengers will be notified by their airlines directly of any changes to flights.

‘We anticipate further changes to the Heathrow operation on Monday September 19, when Her Majesty’s funeral is due to take place, and will communicate those in more detail over coming days.

‘We apologise for the disruption these changes cause, as we work to limit the impact on the upcoming events.’

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