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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 an announcement issued on Thursday, the UK’s busiest airport confirmed that it might be making “appropriate changes” to operations “in order to avoid noise disruption” during Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the Committal Service at Windsor Castle 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, seemingly to affect 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 might be no plane motion on the airport for half-hour from 11:40 a.m. and 12:10 p.m (GMT) to be sure that there isn’t a disruption during a two-minute silence on the finish of the funeral just isn’t disrupted.

‘Quiet skies’

Arrivals to Heathrow may also be halted from 1:45 p.m. and a pair of:20 p.m. “to ensure 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 Castle for the interment.

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

“In order to observe these moments on Monday, airlines will need to adjust their schedules accordingly, which will mean some changes to flights,” reads a statement from Heathrow.

“Passengers affected by these changes will be contacted directly by their airlines about their travel plans and the options available to them.”

Flights may also be diverted round Windsor Castle, positioned round 12 miles (20 kilometers from Heathrow) on the day “to minimize noise during the private family service and interment.”

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

A lot of retailers at Heathrow Airport may also 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 have reduced our schedule and re-timed some flights at Heathrow to ensure the skies are quiet at certain moments on Monday September 19th,” reads an announcement from British Airways.

“Our thoughts remain with the Royal Family and the nation.”

CNN has contacted Heathrow Airport for additional remark.

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