Gatwick Airport launches direct flights to Chinese city of Chongqing
Gatwick has launched the UK's first ever direct flights to the Chinese city of Chongqing.
The twice-weekly, year-round flights will be operated by Tianjin Airlines.
After stopping in Chongqing they will continue to the port city of Tianjin in the north-east of China.
Guy Stephenson, Gatwick's chief commercial officer, 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."
VisitBritain director Patricia Yates commented: " 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."
The service will begin on June 25.