A new service allowing passengers to travel directly between Hong Kong and Gatwick Airport is set to be launched.
Cathay Pacific Airways has announced it will be running a new four-times-weekly service which will fly without any stops between Gatwick and Hong Kong from next year.
The new service is subject to government approval but is expected to launch on September 2.
The company, which will be the only airline to run the service from Gatwick, already runs a five-times-daily service from Heathrow Airport to Hong Kong and also offers a four-times-weekly service between Manchester and Hong Kong.
Should it be approved Cathay Pacific will operate the new service from Gatwick’s South Terminal with its brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft featuring Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats.
Neil Glenn, Cathay Pacific’s general manager Europe, said: “Cathay Pacific has been flying between London and Hong Kong for 35 years and our commitment to the UK market remains strong.
“We are delighted to launch a non-stop service from Gatwick to Hong Kong, using our new state-of-the-art A350 aircraft, which will help meet increasing demand for both business and leisure travel between the Asia Pacific region and the UK.
“These additional flights between London and Hong Kong will provide our passengers with greater choice and flexibility and, at the same time, continue to boost Hong Kong’s standing as an international aviation hub.”
Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Gatwick Airport, said: “Hong Kong is the premier gateway to China and the wider Far East and we are delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific to Gatwick.
“This new scheduled service compliments Gatwick’s rapidly growing network of long haul services, which now boasts over 40 destinations on five continents.”
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