February 29, 2024

Shanghai gets increased airlift from Gatwick

Air China will begin a new direct service to the Chinese city of Shanghai from London Gatwick this weekend.

The four-times-weekly service commences tomorrow (2 November).

Meanwhile, China Eastern Airlines has also announced increased airlift from Gatwick to Shanghai this winter, upping the frequency of its flights from three-times-weekly to a daily service.

This will bring the total number of direct weekly flights between Shanghai and Gatwick to 11, with the airport offering more passenger seats to the city than ever before.

The news follows the release of the Department for Transport’s Aviation 2050: The Future of Aviation report, which predicts that China will be the world’s largest aviation market by 2022.

According to the report, Britain received 32% more visitors from China in 2017 compared to the previous year. Official statistics suggest China is the UK’s sixth largest export market with £23.1 billion of goods exported to the country every year.

Gatwick Airport’s Head of Airline Relations, Stephen King, says: “Chinese airlines and passengers are really responding to Gatwick’s offer and we are proud of the resulting role we are playing for UK plc.”