From next July Air China will connect the south-west of the country with Gatwick airport
In July a direct flight will be launched connecting the city of Chengdu, capital of the south-western province of China in Sichuan, with London. The Air China flight, operated by an Airbus 330-300 aircraft, will begin its route on 3 July.
Flights will depart from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 3:45 pm, with arrival at London Gatwick Airport scheduled for 20:00 local time every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Return flights will take off at 22:00 local time on the same day and arrive in Chengdu at 3.40 pm the following day.
Barbara Woodward (British Ambassador to China): “The new route is a great opportunity”
Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to China, said: “The opening of this new route will provide us with a unique opportunity to further develop the UK’s cooperation with Chengdu, Sichuan, and the rest of China’s southwest”.
“It will open a door from the UK to southwest China and we hope to see more tourists, more businesspeople, and more young people coming to Chengdu and Sichuan from the UK,” she said.
Trade between the United Kingdom and the Sichuan province increased by 13% compared to 2016
Statistics show that trade between Great Britain and the Sichuan province has reached the value of almost $ 1 billion a year, with an increase of over 13% compared to 2016. By the end of 2017, moreover, the number of British visas issued to Chinese passport holders increased by 13% and only in Sichuan more than 36,000 applicants applied for a United Kingdom visa.
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