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Hundreds of flights from Heathrow have been cancelled because of the Queen’s funeral

The disruption will affect around 35,000 passengers

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson
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In more Queen-related closures, Heathrow has cancelled more than 200 flights to avoid aircraft noise during the Queen’s funeral on Monday – disrupting 15 percent of all services and affecting around 35,000 passengers. The news follows a trail of travel disruption in the UK and extensive London road closures.

British Airways is expected to make around half the cancellations, meanwhile Virgin Atlantic has cancelled four US flights to and from Heathrow and rescheduled one more several hours earlier, according to The Independent.

Aircraft movements will be halted from 11.40am to 12.10pm, around the two-minute silence to honour the late Queen. Between 1.45pm and 2.20pm, no arrivals will be allowed during the procession of Her Majesty’s hearse, and between 3.05pm and 4.45pm, no departures will be permitted.

The Points Guy earlier revealed that carriers including SAS, Finnair and Emirates have stopped selling tickets to and from Heathrow. The aim is apparently to avoid having to reschedule flights that coincide with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The news follows Heathrow bosses clearing the skies over London for the Queen’s ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.

Travel disruption on Monday is likely to continue. We’ll keep you updated with the latest information over the coming days.

Read more: food banks are closing for the Queen’s funeral and people aren’t happy.

Plus: why are loads of anti-monarchy protesters being arrested?

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