More than 100 flights to Heathrow Airport on Monday cancelled due to Queen's funeral

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More than 100 flights to London's busy Heathrow Airport will be cancelled on Monday "to avoid noise" during Queen Elizabeth's funeral, according to a media report on Thursday. The west London airport announced that 15 per cent of its 12,000 flights due to take off or land on Monday, September 19 will be disrupted, Sky News reported.

British Airways - the most-affected airline - will cancel 100 short-haul flights due to the restrictions, the report said.

Earlier, Heathrow said it wants to ensure the skies over London will be quiet during the two-minute national silence as the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey nears its end shortly before noon.

No flights will be allowed. Departures and arrivals will also be halted during the arrival of the funeral cortege and procession at Windsor Castle, and diverted around the castle during the private family service on Monday night.

A Heathrow spokesman said: "Heathrow, Nats (the air traffic control provider) and airlines are supporting the ceremonial aspects for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the committal service at Windsor Castle on Monday.

Source| The Economic Times