Flights cancelled to keep skies silent over London and Windsor

Flight cancellations to and from London Heathrow airport are under way to keep the skies above the capital silent at key points during the Queen’s state funeral. On a

normal day aircraft approach Heathrow just to the south of Westminster, creating a significant amount of noise. The airport is telling passengers: “As a mark of respect for

the solemnity of this sad and unique occasion, operations at the airport will be subject to alterations to avoid noise disturbance during the state funeral.” The key times

as stated by Heathrow are:11.40am-12.10pm: no aircraft movements to support the two-minute silence at the conclusion of Her Majesty’s funeral.1.45pm-2.20pm: no arrivals to

support the procession of Her Majesty’s hearse.3.05pm-4.45pm: no departures to support the ceremonial procession via the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.4.45pm-9pm: a reduced

departure rate to support the committal service at St George’s Chapel. Around 200 arrivals and departures have been cancelled, and others delayed. British Airways has

grounded 100 domestic and European flights. Inbound flights from Cairo, Denver and Naples were held to avoid the arrivals curfew around noon. United Airlines cancelled

Sunday night flights from Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York and San Francisco, due to arrive on Monday. Other long-haul cancellations include Etihad from and to Abu Dhabi

and Kenya Airways from and to Nairobi. Virgin Atlantic has cancelled or re-timed four flights, while Aer Lingus has grounded eight flights between the UK and the island of

Ireland.