The Queen's Death Caused Flight Cancellations Today & There Are Probably More to Come
Heathrow Officials said flights were canceled to ensure the air was silent for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
Heathrow Airport, known this year for plenty of travel disruptions, and British Airways, an airline that has already canceled thousands of flights this winter, announced additional disruptions and cancellations on September 14 and again on September 19. This time, it wasn't due to staff shortages or unexpected weather. Instead, it was to ensure no air-traffic noise interfered with Queen Elizabeth's funeral procession in Central London.
The ceremonial procession takes place between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Hall. The Queen laid in state at Westminster Hall until Monday, when the funeral occurred. According to the Wall Street Journal, disruptions to flight schedules at Heathrow were scheduled to continue on Monday. According to Berkshire Live, the following arriving and departing flights were canceled on Monday while the Queen's funeral was underway.
Canceled Departing Flights
LX333, Swiss International Airlines, flight to Zurich
LX355, Swiss International Airlines, flight to Geneva
BA754, British Airways, flight to Basel
DL051, Delta Airlines, flight to Salt Lake City
BA1314, British Airways, flight to Aberdeen
VS023, Virgin Atlantic, flight to Los Angeles
VS041, Virgin Atlantic, flight to San Francisco
Canceled Arriving Flights
VS020, Virgin Atlantic, flight from San Francisco
VS142, Virgin Atlantic, flight from Los Angeles
LX332, Swiss International Airlines, flight from Zurich
DL050, Delta Airlines, flight from Salt Lake City
LX354, Swiss International Airlines, flight from Geneva
BA755, British Airways, flight from Basel
British Airways canceled eight departing flights from Heathrow on Friday, according to The Independent. An additional eight flights were canceled from other airports. The Central Aviation Agency in the UK announced on September 13 that flying regulations would be in place through September 19.
"As part of the overall security arrangements following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, the Secretary of State for Transport has introduced Restriction of Flying Regulations under Article 239 of the Air Navigation Order 2016," the website stated. "Two restrictions have been published so far. There will be an additional central London and Windsor restriction issued in due course. All restrictions also apply to drones."
So if you have travel plans in or through London, you might want to factor in these additional delays and cancellations.