Air China to Launch UK’s First Gatwick-Chengdu Service
Air China is launching the UK’s first direct flight to Chengdu, China’s fourth-biggest city.
Launching on July 3rd from London’s Gatwick Airport, the service will run 3 times weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing at 22:00 and arriving in Chengdu at 15:40 the following day.
The flight will mark the 67th long-haul route out of Gatwick and will add a capacity for 45,000 seats to Chengdu per year.
Commenting on the new flight, Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:
“Chengdu is a strategically important destination and a major logistical hub so this new route – the UK’s only direct flight - opens up a range of opportunities to access markets throughout central and western China, be it by air, road or rail.
“UK visitors now also have a fast, direct route to Chengdu, one of China’s most culturally significant destinations and one that attracts millions of tourists from around the globe every year. Our growing long-haul network looks set to play an increasingly important role connecting the UK to global markets at this vital stage in the country’s history.”
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