In light of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s passing earlier this week, London Heathrow alters flights today to align with the nation’s mourning. The number of flights affected remains unknown, but the airport reassures passengers on the altered flights that they will notify them directly about what this means for them.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles towards a source off-camera to her left. She wears yellow.
The passing of the late Queen Elizabeth II has put London in a national state of mourning | © NASA/Bill Ingalls

“Out of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Heathrow will be making appropriate alterations to our operation throughout the period of national mourning.” – statement made by Heathrow Airport.

London Heathrow Alters Flights as a Farewell to the late Queen Elizabeth II

Today, between 13:50 and 15:40, there will be a window in which a number of flights from Heathrow will be “disrupted” to ensure that no air travel takes place as the Queen’s coffin is transported between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Hall, where a service will later be held to mark her arrival. This disruption is to ensure that a silence over Central London is held as a tribute to the Queen.

Crowd of people queue at Southbank. Thames River partially visible on the left.
Thousands of people queue to be able to pay respects to the late Queen as her coffin is due to be transported today |© Stefan Rousseau via the Telegraph

Flights Disrupted as The Nation Mourns Loss

Further alterations expected at Heathrow include a one-minute silence to be held on Sunday 18th September at 8pm, and the showing of the Queen’s funeral on all screens within the airport on Monday 19th. As the nation mourns its loss, further changes and disruptions will be announced by London Heathrow in the next coming days.

The airport also alerts customers about how local roads to Heathrow will be closed off as the Queen’s coffin makes its way to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, and so passengers affected are encouraged to use alternative routes into the airport via either the Piccadilly Line, the Elizabeth Line or the Heathrow Express.

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