Gatwick Airport is helping connect UK businesses to global growth markets with new flights to two major Chinese cities.
The UK’s first ever direct flight to Chongqing officially took to the skies last week as the airport welcomed its first flight from the southwest China province.
The flights to Chongqing, one of the world’s largest urban centres and a major manufacturing and transportation hub, will provide a major boost to the UK economy.
Operating twice weekly, year round, the flights will then continue to China’s fourth largest city, Tianjin.
Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s chief commercial officer, said: “By flying into two of China’s most important economic centres, Gatwick is providing vital direct connections for UK business people into some of the most exciting growth markets on the planet.
“Tourists from both the UK and China will also benefit, as will non-exporting businesses located in the UK as Chinese visitors are some of the highest spenders. The number of tourists from China also grew almost 40% last year alone and these numbers are only going to rise.
“The two new Chinese destinations compliment Gatwick’s growing long haul network which now boasts over 50 destinations on four continents."
David Martin, director at the China-Britain Business Council, added: "The China-Britain Business Council is delighted to wish Tianjin Airlines every success with their new Gatwick – Tianjin – Chongqing route.
"Tianjin, at the heart of the Jing-Jin-Ji megalopolis, and Chongqing, one of central China’s vibrant megacities, have so much to offer in terms of trade, tourism and scholarly exchange. Increased air links between the UK in China will bring our two countries even closer."
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