London Heathrow Airport has announced major changes to Monday’s flight schedule, confirming that all take-offs and landings on Monday will be delayed for 15 minutes before and after the two-minute silence at the end of the funeral.
Following that, there will be no arrivals between 13:45 and 14:20 during the procession of the hearse, and no departures between 15:03 and 16:45 for the ceremonial procession via the Long Walk to Windsor Castle. Between 16:45 and 21:00, departures will be reduced to support the committal service at St George’s Chapel. Flights will also be diverted around Windsor Castle “to minimise noise during the private family service and interment”, it said.
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has issued advance notification and guidance that these flight delays and cancellations will be deemed “extraordinary circumstances” and, as such, affected passengers will not be entitled to any financial compensation. However airlines are offering affected passengers a seat on an alternative flight or a refund of the cost of their ticket.