Flights from Heathrow Airport will be delayed today so they do not disturb the Queen’s coffin procession this afternoon. The airport is warning of disruption for nearly two hours as the coffin is moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where her body will lie in state until Monday morning.
This could mean some flights are cancelled or rescheduled. The aim is to ensure silence over central London as the procession takes place. At 2.22pm this afternoon, the Queen’s coffin will be carried from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall – a journey of around one mile through central London.
So far, eight British Airways departures from Heathrow have been cancelled on Wednesday afternoon, according to The Independent. The Scottish airline Loganair says it will not operate flights during the Queen’s funeral.
A Heathrow spokesperson said: ‘Out of respect for the period of mourning following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Heathrow will be making appropriate alterations to our operation.’
‘Some flights between 1.50pm to 3.40pm [on] Wednesday 14 September, will be disrupted to ensure silence over central London as the ceremonial procession moves from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.’
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