The UK’s first ever direct service to Chongqing, China has launched out of Gatwick Airport.
The new service, operated by Tianjin Airline, will fly twice a week to the Chinese city, situated in the north-east of the country.
In the ever growing emerging market, Chongqing is an important region for business and finance. The Gatwick to Chongqing route is a coup for the airport – no doubt it will add fuel to Gatwick’s bid for expansion as it further increases its long haul offerings.
Speaking about the new service, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, Guy Stephenson, 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.”
Whilst, Patricia Yates, VisitBritain’s Director added, ” We have ambitions to double the spend from Chinese visitors to £1 billion by 2020 and making it easier for them to get here is obviously a really important step in increasing our competitive tourism offer to this rapidly growing market.”