British Airways (BA) will postpone 100 flights from the London hub on Monday and postpone others so that London Heathrow Airport (LHR), its airlines, and air traffic controllers can keep noise levels to a minimum during the burial of Queen Elizabeth II.
According to the information provided by the UK hub, flights will be suspended for varying periods of time at various points during the day. This will affect its timetable by around fifteen percent.
At the completion of the funeral, there will be a moment of silence that lasts for two minutes. During this time, there will be no aircraft movements between 11:40 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., and there will be no arrivals for 35 minutes starting at 1:45 p.m. during the procession of the Queen’s hearse.
As the funeral procession for the former king approaches Windsor Castle for the burial, there will be a departure ban in place for one hour and forty minutes beginning at 3:05 p.m., and there will be restricted access to the area until 9 p.m. while the ceremony is in progress.
According to a spokesman of BA, customers who had bookings for flights that were disrupted may either choose alternate services or have their money refunded. In addition, the representative clarified that the operations that were being canceled did not include any long-haul flights.
Flights into and out of London Heathrow were delayed by around two hours on Wednesday as a result of the transfer of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall for her laying in state. In addition, passengers will be requested to stay silent for one minute at 8 o’clock on Sunday evening, and the funeral will be displayed on terminal screens on Monday, which is also the day when all non-essential companies will be closed.
As a sign of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state burial, the airlines announced in a statement that “we have shortened our schedule and re-timed certain flights at Heathrow to ensure the skies remain calm at specific periods.”