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Heathrow alters 15% of Monday flights for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

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British Airways Airbus A319 aircraft takes off from Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, May 17, 2021. 

John Sibley | Reuters

London’s Heathrow Airport will change about 15% of its Monday flights to avoid noise during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

“As a mark of respect, operations to and from the airport will likely be subject to appropriate changes to be able to avoid noise disturbance at certain locations at specific times on Monday,” Heathrow said in an announcement Thursday.

British Airways said it can cancel about 50 short-haul flights throughout the day. The airline said that the cancellations are on routes where it operates multiple flights a day and that it plans to utilize larger planes to accommodate passengers. A spokeswoman said the carrier doesn’t expect long-haul flights to be canceled.

Britain’s busiest airport said flights can be diverted around Windsor Castle during a personal family service.

Airlines agreed to pause arrivals and departures from 11:40 a.m. GMT to 12:10 p.m. GMT to chop noise during a moment of silence, and arrivals from 1:45 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. during a procession of the queen’s hearse. Departures may even be on hold from 3:05 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. during a ceremonial procession to Windsor Castle.

Virgin Atlantic also said it will cancel 4 flights to and from the airport from Los Angeles and San Francisco: two departures on Sunday and two westbound flights on Monday.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank those affected customers for his or her understanding during this solemn occasion for the UK and the Commonwealth,” Virgin Atlantic said in an announcement.

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