Restrictions in the United Kingdom

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The World Fuel Trip Support Team has gathered information relating to airport operations during the Queen's funeral, and is updating this article as information changes. Below is the latest information.

  • No movements will be permitted at Luton Airport on these days:
    • September 18 - 19:50 - 20:05 local
    • September 19 - 11:50 - 12:05 local
    • On Sept 18 and 19
      • Aircraft and ground movements will not be permitted
      • Engine runs at either full or idle power will not be permitted
      • APU operations will not be permitted
      • Construction work will not be permitted
    • Arriving aircraft will only be permitted to land after 20:15 on Sunday 18th and 12:15 on Monday 19th

Overall, demand and traffic is increasing at all airports and requests for handling must be sent as soon as possible.

Currently for RAF Northolt, there is a full civilian flying embargo in place between 1215z and 1300z and an arrivals embargo between 1710z and 1810z. These are subject to change at short notice. 

 If you have any questions, email us at [email protected].

Airports During the Queen's Funeral

Below is information on the current status of operations and restrictions. 

All Airports

  • Monday 19th of September will be a public holiday in the UK
  • All London airports will have reduced hours on this day – similar to weekend and public holiday hours
  • Gatwick seems to be the main airport affected currently – other airports have NOT received any indication of restrictions for their airport other than September 19th’s reduced hours
  • Demand is already increasing at all airports – send out requests for handling ASAP
  • No Helicopters
  • Expecting 120 countries to attend
  • May impose 2 hour limit on ground time with operators
  • A drop off/pick up plan needs to be considered – there have been no mandates for this as of 09/15/2022
  • Increased security around main London Airports will effect departures from/to the airport. Ensure extra time is considered

City Restrictions

  • Increased security around Central London will slow movement to/from the city – plan extra time to get to your destination

Biggin Hill (EGKB)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:05m – 17 Miles
  • Handler:  Biggin Hill Executive Handling
  • Closed for Flypast 17 Sept 1650-1700z
  • The airport will remain open and operate to the usual Bank Holiday hours, 08:00L – 22:00L
  • To commemorate The Queen’s State Funeral, there will be a pause in all non-essential flights between 10:45L – 12:15L
     

Birmingham (EGBB)

Drive time from airport to Central London is 2h:45m – 119 miles

Handler:  XLR Executive Jet Centre Air Elite 

No expected restrictions.
 

Brize Norton (EGVN)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:56m – 72 miles
  • Handler: Serco
  • No information known
     

Cambridge (EGSC)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:32m – 65 miles
  • Handler: Cambridge Jet Center
  • NOTAM:
    P0336/22 AD CLOSED, NO SERV AVBL, SAR FLIGHTS MAY STILL OPERATE, NO OUT OF HOURS.
    19 SEP 07:00 2022 UNTIL 19 SEP 17:00 2022.
     

Cranfield (EGTC)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:27m – 50 miles
  • Handler: Cranfield Airport Handling
  • NOTAM:
    L4658/22 - AD OPEN FOR PRE ARRANGED MOVEMENTS ONLY. 19 SEP 08:00 2022 UNTIL 19 SEP 10:00 2022.
     L4657/22 - AD CLOSED. 19 SEP 07:00 2022 UNTIL 19 SEP 17:30 2022. 
     L4653/22 - AD CLOSED DUE TRIALS. ATZ REMAINS ACTIVE. ATS AVAILIBLE. 20 SEP 07:00 2022 UNTIL 21 SEP 11:00 2022.
     

Farnborough (EGLF)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:15m – 40 miles
  • Handler:  Farnborough Aviation
  • No restrictions have been for the 19th as of today
     

Gatwick Airport (EGKK)

  • Handler: Signature Flight Support
  • Airport will be closed 14/15/16 Sept
    • Closure between certain times (14 Sep 0240-0430z, 15 Sep 0255-0415z, & 16 Sep 0250 – 0405z)
  • Signature facility to be handed over to the Foreign Commonwealth and Development office who will facilitate movements around the state funeral
  • For more information see the Foreign Commonwealth and Development office website
     

Heathrow Airport (EGLL)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 52m – 16 miles
  • Handler:  Signature Flight Support
  • No private jets will be able to land or park at Heathrow
  • Starting September 13th forward – crew/pax cannot be processed through the Windsor/Royal Suite (CIQ processing location at LHR)
  • IF GA wishing to land related to the Queen’s funeral need to get slot approval.  If approved – clearance/departure through terminal (walking only)
  • Foreign Commonwealth and Development office controlling Heathrow Activity, see here
  • NOTAM:
    A7037/22 HEATHROW ATM DEMAND AND CAPACITY BALANCING (HADACAB)REQUIREMENT IS INVOKED TO FACILITATE REQUIREMENTS FOR STATE FUNERAL OF HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II. A 40 PERCENT SCHEDULE REDUCTION IN DEPARTURES AND A CORRESPONDING REDUCTION IN LINED ARRIVALS MANDATED ACROSS ALL TERMINALS BETWEEN 1345 AND 2000. 

London City (EGLC)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:15m – 40 miles
  • Handler:  London City Jet Centre
  • No information known
     

London Oxford (EGTK)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:45m – 61 miles
  • Handler:  Oxford Jet
  • NOTAM:
    L14696/22 AD CLOSED. 19 SEP 10:00 2022 UNTIL 19 SEP 12:00 2022

Luton Airport (EGGW)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:10M – 34 miles
  • Handler: Harrods Aviation – Air Elite
  • No movements permitted September 18th – 19:50 – 20:05 local
  • No movements permitted September 19th – 11:50 - 12:05 local
  • During these periods;
    • Aircraft and ground movements will not be permitted
    • Engine runs at either full or idle power will not be permitted
    • APU operations will not be permitted
    • Construction work will not be permitted 
  • Arriving aircraft will only be permitted to land after 2015 on Sunday 18th and 1215 on Monday 19th
    • To minimize noise from landing traffic to residents nearby. 
       

Lydd (EGMD)

  • Handler: FAL Aviation
  • No restrictions currently for September 19th
     

Northholt (EGWU)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 56m – 15 miles
  • September 19th Airport Operating hours will be 12:00 – 19:00 local
  • Handler:  Universal Aviation
  • No information known
     

Southend (EGMC)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:12m – 42 miles
  • Handler:  Stobart Executive Handling
  • Airport closed 0530-1300 UTC September 19th
  • Airport and the handler are 24/7 all other times as an alternative to late night requests to visit London

Southhampton (EGHI)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:52m – 77 miles
  • No expecting any restrictions for the 19th; however, parking limited due to a local event September 15th – 19th.
  • Requests are on a first come basis.
  • Handler: Signature Flight Support
  • No information known
     

Stansted Airport (EGSS)

  • Drive time from airport to Central London is 1h:05m – 39 miles
  • Handler: Harrods Aviation – Air Elite
  • Slots taking longer to get approval. All FBOs recognizing increased traffic so parking is becoming a problem.
  • Night Restrictions still in place between 05:20z – 22::20z daily.
  • All slots for the coming week are being restricted and monitored close with the FCDO (Foreign Commonwealth and Development office.)
  • All slot requests are being considered but having a good reason will be the only way it will be accepted
  • Expecting the majority of traffic to go to Stansted/EGSS
  • Transportation subject to first come/first served
  • No priority for hotels – first come/first served
  • NOTAM:
    A7024/22 DIVERTS LIMITED TO EMERGENCY TFC ONLY DUE TO STAND CAPACITY AND 
    HANDLING AGENT CAPABILITY. 19 SEP 00:00 2022 UNTIL 19 SEP 23:59.
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