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Heathrow Airport announced that around 15% of its timetable would change during Monday’s official funeral for Queen Elizabeth. According to the report, this is supposed to ensure that the skies over London are silent throughout the celebrations.
One hundred flights with British Airways and four with Virgin Atlantic will be canceled as a result.
A French air traffic control strike on Friday will impact tens of thousands of travelers separately. Many flights will be canceled that does not simply travel to and from France but also pass over.
Change of flight schedule at Heathrow
After the two-minute moment of silence at the conclusion of the burial, Heathrow announced that all takeoffs and landings on Monday would be delayed for 15 minutes.
Thereafter, there won’t be any arrivals between 13:45 BST and 14:20 BST for the hearse procession and no departures between 15:03 BST and 16:45 BST for the formal procession via the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.
In order to support the committal service at St. George’s Chapel between 16:45 and 21:00 BST, departures will be lowered.
To reduce noise during the private family service and burial, flights will also be rerouted over Windsor Castle.
In a statement, Heathrow expressed regret for the inconvenience but added that, out of respect, alterations would be made to airport operations to and from the city so as to minimize noise disruption on Monday at particular locations and during particular hours.
As a result of the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) instructions, travelers whose flights are severely delayed or canceled on Monday due to Heathrow’s adjustments will not be legally entitled to monetary compensation. This is due to the likelihood that these will be considered exceptional circumstances.
Airline clients can now get refunds or new reservations, nevertheless.
British Airways claimed that the cancellations were on short-haul European flights where many services operate on the same route and that, whenever possible, it was adding larger aircraft to let passengers rebook on operational flights.
They can also decide to receive a refund as an alternative. The timing of some BA flights will change, but no long-haul flights will be impacted.
Virgin Atlantic also acknowledged the inconvenience. According to a spokeswoman, travelers on the impacted flights between Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Heathrow would, whenever feasible, be rebooked on alternate same-day services, have the option to rebook for a later date, accept a voucher, or ask for a refund.
It claimed that to lessen the effect of these restrictions on travelers, the airport and airlines collaborated closely with the air navigation service supplier, NATS.
A representative for Heathrow also stated that additional staff would be available in the terminals to assist travelers and that people were encouraged to take public transportation rather than drive due to the congested conditions on the roads surrounding the airport.
Other modifications at Heathrow during the period of national mourning include commemorating the National Moment of Reflection with a one-minute silence at 20:00 on Sunday, presenting the Queen’s funeral on screens at the airport on Monday, and shutting down non-essential businesses.
Restaurants, cafes, and taverns will all remain open, along with stores designated “vital,” like WH Smith, Boots, and Travelex.
Strikes in France
On Friday, a French air traffic control strike is anticipated to impact tens of thousands of travelers.
Eighty thousand people were impacted by Ryanair’s 420 flight cancellations, the majority of which were planned to travel across France.
Air France claimed it would only operate 45% of its short-haul flights, EasyJet will cancel 76 flights, British Airways will cancel 22, and so on.
Despite skyrocketing prices, the SNCTA air traffic control union said that the strike was being held over pay and hiring issues.
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According to Ryanair, this morning, all impacted passengers were informed. The low-cost carrier typically offers more than 3,000 flights each day.
Thousands of European nationals and visitors “will have their travel plans unfairly disrupted,” according to Neal McMahon, head of operations for Ryanair, calling it “inexplicable.”
Although domestic flights within France are protected by law, flights over the nation are not.