The UK aviation industry is preparing for significant disruption ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next week. The country’s aviation regulator and airport bosses have already implemented measures to ensure silence over central London during the service. Some flights were already cancelled from London Heathrow, so they did not disturb the queen’s coffin procession on 14 September.
At least 16 scheduled British Airways passenger flights were cancelled on 14 September after the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority implemented two significant restrictions on flying regulations. This includes restricting airlines and drone operators from flying below 2,500 ft over central London between 9 September and 19 September 2022.
“At British Airways, we are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Her Majesty the Queen. At this sad time, our thoughts are with the entire British Royal Family and the nation as we grieve her immeasurable loss,” British Airways said.
The airline also warned that passengers could expect further cancellations during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, which will take place on 19 September 2022.
Meanwhile, London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has also already implemented adjustments applicable throughout the entire period of national mourning.
The airport issued warnings and advice to passengers about operational disruptions on 14 September 2022, explaining that some flights were cancelled to “ensure silence over central London as the ceremonial procession moves from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall”.
“Throughout the period of national mourning, further changes can be expected at the airport, including showing Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral on screens at the airport on Monday 19 September,” LHR said.
Heathrow added that a one-minute silence would be held at 8 pm GMT on 18 September 2022 and warned that additional changes could be announced.
“Further changes to the airport operation will be communicated in full over the coming days. The procession of Her Majesty the Queen’s coffin to St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Monday, 19 September, will affect local roads around Heathrow. Passengers travelling to the airport are advised to consider alternative routes.”