The new Cathay Pacific service connecting London Gatwick Airport to Hong Kong is Gatwick’s third new route to the country this year.
With Cathay Pacific and its sister airline, Cathay Dragon, connecting to 22 destinations on the Chinese mainland from Hong Kong International, the new service provides vital connections for UK businesses trading with China.
Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer of Gatwick Airport, said: "Hong Kong is the premier gateway to China and we are delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific – one of the world’s premier airlines – to Gatwick.
“The new flights mark an important milestone in the growth of the Gatwick long haul network, which now more than ever provides the UK economy with vital routes into the World’s most important markets.”
Cathay Pacific is also hosting its inaugural ‘Enabling Great Business 2016’ event this September to celebrate and explore trade between Britain, China and South-East Asia.
Hosted in partnership with HSBC, the event will take place at the Shard, London Bridge on 22 September 2016.
Cathay Pacific’s general manager for Europe, Neil Glenn, added: “We are committed to providing our passengers with greater choice and flexibility, and this new non-stop service from Gatwick to Hong Kong is testament to this.
“With 2016 marking Cathay Pacific’s 70th anniversary, we are proud to now offer passengers three non-stop routes from the UK to Hong Kong, and then beyond.”