London Gatwick (LGW) today gets a vital new connection to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) with China Eastern launching a three-times weekly A330-200 flight from today.
The route will provide over 3,700 tonnes of cargo capacity – in both directions – every year.
Shanghai is China’s largest city and one of the world’s fastest-developing metropolises. Viewed as the showpiece of China’s dramatic growth, Shanghai dominates the Yangtze River Economic Zone – a region accounting for 20 per cent of China’s GDP.
As well as being a global financial hub – and the centre for trade, technology and real estate within China – Shanghai is also an increasingly appealing tourist destination.
The new Shanghai route is a response to an increase in demand from Gatwick passengers for flights to China. The number travelling to the country from Gatwick grew by 54.3 per cent year-on-year during the first half of the current financial year.
The route will also help to continue the growth of inbound tourism from China to the UK adding £6.1 billion (EUR 6.8 billion) to the UK’s GDP.
Gatwick’s long-haul network comprises over 60 different routes.
Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer, Gatwick Airport says: “The addition of one of the world’s biggest financial centres to Gatwick’s route network is very good news for the UK, particularly as connections to China and other non-European countries are set to take on extra significance in the New Year and beyond.
“With China being one of the UK’s main trading partners, this is a vital business route connecting two of the world’s most important cities,” he adds.