Heathrow Airport is canceling 200 flights to avoid noise during the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II – including eight by Aer Lingus

About 35,000 passengers scheduled to fly to and from Heathrow Airport on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are being told their flights have been canceled or postponed.

Around 200 flights are expected to be grounded, the vast majority on Monday, including eight Aer Lingus flights: three return services from Dublin to Heathrow and one from Belfast City.

It follows the cancellation of hundreds of flights, including Ryanair and Aer Lingus services, after French air traffic controllers announced they would go on strike today.

Plane movements at Britain’s busiest airport will be halted from 11.40am to 12.10pm on Monday, around the two minute silence in honor of the late Queen.

No arrivals are permitted between 1.45pm and 2.20pm during the procession of Her Majesty’s hearse.

Departures will be more affected. No departures are allowed between 3:05 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Normally, 68 flights would take off during this period.

The corresponding inbound flights will also be grounded.

From 4:45pm, flight routes will be diverted around Windsor Castle to minimize noise during the private family service and funeral.

Around 15 per cent of Heathrow’s flight schedule will be changed, reflecting a moderate weather event.

A spokesman for the airport said: “As a mark of respect, operations to and from the airport will undergo reasonable changes to avoid noise disturbances at certain locations at certain times on Monday.

“In order to observe these moments on Monday, airlines will have to adjust their flight schedules accordingly, which means some changes in flights.

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

“We apologize in advance for the inconvenience some passengers may experience due to these exceptional circumstances.”

Aer Lingus apologized for the inconvenience caused to its passengers and said affected passengers could change their flight booking free of charge.

“With Her Majesty The Queen’s State Funeral taking place on Monday 19 September we have had to make some changes to our London Heathrow operations,” it said.

“Due to the large number of flights we operate to London Heathrow, we have been able to accommodate all customers on Aer Lingus alternative flights on the same day, resulting in minimal disruption to their travel plans.

“Affected customers have received direct communications from Aer Lingus.”

British Airways is expected to make about half of the cancellations, with the majority affecting flights to and from Europe.

Long haul connections and connections to UK airports will be protected as much as possible. Some flights will be postponed.

A BA spokesman said: “As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral we have reduced our schedule and rescheduled some flights at Heathrow to ensure skies are clear on Monday 19th Times quiet is September.

“Our thoughts remain with the royal family and the nation.”

Virgin Atlantic has canceled four US flights to and from Heathrow and rescheduled another a few hours earlier.

Westerly winds are forecast for Monday. Typically, aircraft approached Heathrow on a flight path south of Westminster, causing significant noise.

Additional airport disruptions are possible due to the movement of flights carrying heads of state, particularly US President Joe Biden.

Heathrow has announced non-essential shops will be closed on Monday.

– Additional reporting by Pól Ó Conghaile

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