Friday 16 September 2022 6:52 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Sept 16: Flights at Heathrow Airport have been cancelled so they do not disturb the Queen’s coffin procession the afternoon on Monday September 29, 2022.
‘Appropriate alterations’ will be made over the coming days ‘out of respect’ for the mourning period, a spokesperson from the west London airport said.
Heathrow said that all takeoffs and landings on Monday will be delayed for 15 minutes before and after the two-minute silence at the end of the funeral.
Following that, there will be no arrivals between 13:45 BST and 14:20 BST during the procession of the hearse, and no departures between 15:03 BST and 16:45 for the ceremonial procession via the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.
Between 16:45 BST and 21:00 BST, departures will be reduced to support the committal service at St George’s Chapel.
Flights will also be diverted around Windsor Castle “to minimise noise during the private family service and interment”, it said.
In a statement, Heathrow apologised for the inconvenience but said that “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”.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued guidance which means that air passengers whose flights are cancelled or badly delayed on Monday because of Heathrow’s changes will not legally be entitled to financial compensation. That is because these are likely to be deemed extraordinary circumstances.
However, airlines are offering customers refunds or re-bookings.
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