London City Airport to delay flights during Queen’s coffin procession

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    Passengers flying from London City Airport today may find their flights delayed during the Queen's procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

    Posting on Twitter, airport spokespeople claimed there would be delays to allow for London to be silent during the historic moment of mourning.

    Flights on Monday, September 19, may also be disrupted during her Majesty's funeral service.

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    The Civil Aviation Authority has imposed a restriction on airspace over central London.

    This bans aircraft – including drones – flying below 2,500ft between September 9-19.

    A spokesperson for London City airport said: “Out of respect for the period of mourning following the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, some flights this afternoon will be delayed to ensure silence during the ceremonial procession."

    They continued: "Airlines will notify passengers directly of any changes.

    "We anticipate further changes to London City Airport’s operation on Mon, 19 Sept, when Her Majesty’s funeral is due to take place. We will communicate more details over the coming days.”

    Heathrow Airport has also stated that some flights today have been cancelled.

    A statement from Heathrow said: "Passengers will be notified by their airlines directly of any changes to flights.

    "We anticipate further changes to the Heathrow operation on Monday September 19, when Her Majesty’s funeral is due to take place, and will communicate those in more detail over coming days.

    "We apologise for the disruption these changes cause, as we work to limit the impact on the upcoming events."

    And, British Airways has cancelled 16 short-haul flights during the restriction on airspace.

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    London Stansted is expected to operate as normal in the days ahead.

    London Luton also does not expect to be disrupted.

    From a London Luton Airport spokesperson said: “Whilst we are expecting minimal disruption, details on any possible operational impact in relation to Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday 19 September will be confirmed over the coming days.

    “The airport will observe the nationwide minute’s silence that will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September.

    “Passengers travelling to the airport should contact their airlines directly for updates on any possible scheduling changes.”


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