Record July and new Shanghai route for Gatwick

Gatwick Airport has announced plans for a new Shanghai route following a record July.

Last month was the busiest July in Gatwick’s history. In fact, it also saw a record year-on-year growth of 20.8% for Gatwick’s long-haul routes.

Popular long-haul destinations last month included Gatwick’s Asia services. Overall, these increased by 134.8%.

USA services continued to be a hit with Gatwick customers, too. New York saw a growth of 67.5%, Boston saw an uplift of 58.7% and Las Vegas saw an increase of 32.5%.

From October, Norwegian will offer direct flights to Tampa, Florida. This will further increase the long-haul destinations on offer to Gatwick passengers.

During July, Gatwick handled Gatwick 28.8% more cargo than the same period last year.

The new direct connection to Shanghai, China’s largest city, will begin in December. It will see more than 70,000 seats available to passengers per year, with a cargo capacity of 3,700 tonnes.

The service will be offered by China Eastern, the second largest airline in China.

China Eastern’s new service will connect two of the world’s leading business hubs and financial centres, London and Shanghai.

It will fly from Gatwick to Shanghai Pudong Airport three times a week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said: “I’m delighted to welcome China Eastern to Gatwick and look forward to the start of this vital new link to Shanghai which, like London, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important cities and business hubs. Starting from such a strong position gives this new route every chance of success, as it will be popular with business passengers travelling between the two economic centres, as well as leisure passengers keen to sample the excitement of China’s largest city.

“July’s traffic figures demonstrate that Gatwick’s long-haul network is driving the airport’s growth. These connections to China and other non-European countries will take on extra significance in a post-Brexit Britain as we become more reliant on them to generate vital growth through trade and by exploiting the other business opportunities that they provide.”

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Record July and new Shanghai route for Gatwick