Gatwick to Beijing flights take off

Air China’s direct service between Gatwick and Beijing took off last week.

The new Gatwick flights will operate four times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays using an Airbus A330-200.

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer says: “We are delighted to welcome Air China and its first passengers to Gatwick today as we seek to enhance our role in becoming the gateway to Asia.

“Broadening trade links with fast-growing developing markets is a priority for the UK, but in order to achieve this, London needs to retain its status as one of the best connected cities in the world.

“Gatwick not only has the capacity to grow to serve 40 million passengers by 2020 but also has the ability to serve London just as effectively as Heathrow – and do so for less than half the cost. This in turn is helping strengthen Britain’s connectivity into the rapidly growing economies of the world, such as China. Air China’s decision to expand this route from Gatwick sends a strong message that Gatwick is competing.”

Mr Wu Xiao Ming, General Manager UK & Ireland for Air China said: “This is a true milestone for Air China and an ideal opportunity for the company to respond to the ever increasing demand to China and beyond”

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