London Heathrow Airport altered 8% of Monday flights as Elizabeth II’s funeral takes place in London today, according to the latest report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The queen will be interred at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle following the hour-long service at St. James’s Palace in London. Windsor Royal and Slough Railway Station have made modifications to three trains to serve passengers with tickets from Windsor to Heathrow Airport on Monday following IATA’s report that 8% of flights are being canceled due to the burial of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London today.
London’s Heathrow Airport will change approximately 15% of its flights on Monday in an effort to reduce noise during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
In a statement released on Thursday, Heathrow said that operations to and from the airport would be altered appropriately to reduce noise disturbance at certain locations on Monday.
About 50 short-haul flights would be cancelled throughout the day, according to British Airways. The airline stated that it will use larger aircraft to accommodate customers and that the cancellations are on routes where it has numerous flights per day. According to a spokesman, the airline does not anticipate cancelling any long-distance flights.
Flights would be rerouted around Windsor Castle during a private family service, according to Britain’s largest airport.
Airlines agreed to stop arrivals and departures between 11:40 and 12:10 GMT to reduce noise during a minute of silence, and arrivals between 1:45 and 2:20 GMT to accommodate the procession of the queen’s hearse. Additionally, there will be a ceremonial march to Windsor Castle from 3:05 to 4:45 p.m. that will cause a delay in departures.
Virgin Atlantic also announced it would cancel two eastbound flights on Sunday and two westbound flights on Monday, totaling four flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco and the airport.
Virgin Atlantic issued a statement saying, “We apologise for any disruption caused and thank those affected customers for their understanding during this solemn time for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”