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British Airways cancel 100 flights to reduce noise at royal funeral

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In an effort to reduce noise during Queen Elizabeth II’s royal funeral, British Airways will cancel 100 flights from its London Heathrow hub on Monday and reschedule others, according to a report by Bloomberg.

According to the hub, planes will be halted for a variety of lengths of time throughout the day, altering about 15% of Heathrow’s timetable.

A two-minute period of silence will be observed at the conclusion of the funeral, thus there will be no aircraft movements for 30 minutes between 11.40 am and 12.10 pm. There will also be no arrivals for 35 minutes beginning at 1.45 pm during the procession of the Queen’s hearse.

As the cortege approaches Windsor Castle for the former monarch’s funeral, departures will be prohibited for 1 hour and 40 minutes starting at 3.05 pm and will be restricted until the service is over at 9 pm.

An airline representative said that passengers with reservations on the impacted British Airways flights could select different services or get a refund. He added that no long-haul flights were among the operations that were canceled.

Wednesday’s transit of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall for her lying in state, with King Charles III following behind, had an impact on flights for around two hours.

Additionally, Heathrow will request a minute of quiet from travelers at 8 p.m. on Sunday and will broadcast the funeral on terminal screens on Monday, when all non-essential businesses will be closed.

“As a mark of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral, we have reduced our schedule and re-timed some flights at Heathrow to ensure the skies are quiet at certain moments,” BA said.

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