More than 100 flights cancelled at Heathrow for Queen’s funeral

Posted on 16 September 2022 By Anita Froneman

At least 100 British Airways flights and four Virgin Atlantic flights have been cancelled at Heathrow Airport in London to ‘ensure skies are quiet’ during Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday 19 September.

More than 100 flights cancelled at Heathrow for Queen's funeral

Picture: Mike McBey / Wikimedia Commons

Heathrow Airport has said other flights will also be delayed for 15 minutes before and after the two-minute silence at the end of the funeral. ‘As a mark of respect, operations to and from the airport will be subject to appropriate changes in order to avoid noise disruption at certain locations at specific times on Monday.’

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‘Passengers affected by these changes will be contacted directly by their airlines about their travel plans and the options available to them. Passengers who have been notified that their flight has been cancelled, and/or do not have a confirmed seat on a flight, should not turn up at the airport,’ management said.

Throughout the period of national mourning, further changes can be expected at the airport, including:

  • Observing the National Moment of Reflection with a one-minute silence at 8pm on Sunday 18 September.
  • Showing Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral on screens at the airport on Monday 19 September.
  • Closing non-essential shops on Monday 19 September.

Heathrow management also said that certain roads will be closed to facilitate the procession of The Queen’s coffin to St George’s Chapel in Windsor which could impact travel to and from the airport on Monday, and advised passengers to avoid travelling by car or use alternative routes.

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