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 put measures in place to ensure silence over central London during the service, with some flights already cancelled from London Heathrow so they did not disturb the queen’s coffin procession on September 14.
British Airways already impacted by restrictions
At least 16 scheduled British Airways passenger flights were canceled on September 14, after the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority implemented two major restrictions on flying regulations. This includes restricting airlines and drone operators from flying below 2,500 ft over central London between September 9 and September 19, 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 cancelations during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, which will take place on September 19, 2022.
Major London airport cancels operations to “ensure silence”
Meanwhile, London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has also already implemented adjustments that will be applicable throughout the entire period of national mourning.
The airport issued warnings and advice to passengers about operational disruptions on September 14, 2022, explaining that some flights were canceled 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 in a statement.
Heathrow added that a one-minute silence will be held at 8 pm BST on September 18, 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 impact local roads around Heathrow. Passengers traveling to the airport are advised to consider alternative routes.”