Heathrow Airport will stop flights in deference to the silence of Queen Elizabeth II.

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London Heathrow Airport, one of Europe’s busiest airports, announced Thursday that it will suspend flights for various periods next Monday to respect the United Kingdom’s silence during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

No aircraft will be allowed to take off or land from the airport, about 20 kilometers west of London, 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the end of religious services at Westminster Abbey, when two minutes of strict national silence are scheduled.

Regular flights to the airport in the center of the British capital will be avoided.

In this way, it will be possible to avoid the usual overflight of planes in the center of the British capital towards the airport, which can take one landing per minute.

Between 13:45 and 14:20 local time, when the Queen’s casket leaves the shrine in procession, there will be no flights and the takeoff speed will be reduced from 16:45 to 9:00. evening local time to lower the noise at Windsor Castle, five miles away, where the Queen will be buried.

“With regard to operations inside and outside the airport, appropriate changes will be made to avoid noise interference at certain locations on Monday,” an airport spokesperson said.

In total, around 15% of Heathrow’s air traffic will be disrupted on a typical day.



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