London Heathrow has canceled flights to “avoid noise disruption” during the Queen’s funeral

(CNN) – Flights to and from London Heathrow Airport are being canceled or rescheduled on the day of the Queen’s funeral “out of respect” for the late monarch.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the UK’s busiest airport confirmed it will make “appropriate changes” to operations to “avoid noise disruptions” during Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the Committal Service at Windsor Castle on Monday.

Britain’s national airline British Airways canceled 50 flights on Monday, while Virgin Atlantic canceled four flights from the US at Heathrow Airport.

The operational changes, which could affect thousands of passengers, have been put in place to ensure “quiet skies” at specific times of the day, and will affect around 15% of Heathrow’s timetable.

There will be no aircraft movement at the airport for 30 minutes from 11:40 to 12:10 (GMT) to ensure that the two minutes of silence at the end of the funeral will not be interrupted.

‘Quiet Skies’

Arrivals at Heathrow will also be suspended from 1.45pm to 2.20pm “to ensure silence during the ceremonial procession” (GMT), and there will be no departures for an hour and 40 minutes after 3.05pm (GMT). ) ceremonial procession as it approaches Windsor Castle for burial.

Meanwhile, departures must be “reduced” from 16:45 to 21:00, during the commitment service that will take place in the chapel of San Jorge.

“In order to observe these times on Monday, airlines will need to adjust their schedules, which will lead to some changes to flights,” Heathrow said in a statement.

“These changes will mean that affected passengers will be contacted directly by their airlines to inform them of their travel plans and the options available to them.”

Flights will also be diverted around Windsor Castle, about 12 miles (20km from Heathrow) on the day “to minimize noise during private family services and funerals”.

Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic stressed that while the “vast majority” of flights are scheduled to operate as normal, some adjustments will be made for “restrictions” during the state funeral and engagement ceremony.

Many shops at Heathrow Airport will also close their doors on Monday, which is considered a public holiday in the UK.

“As a mark of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her State Funeral, we have reduced our timetable and rescheduled some flights at Heathrow on Monday 19 September to ensure clear skies at certain times,” said one. British Airways statement.

“Our thoughts remain with the Royal Family and the nation.”

CNN has contacted Heathrow Airport for further comment.