Gatwick Airport aims to rival Heathrow after signing Air China deal: Telegraph

Posted: May 2, 2012 in Airlines, Asia, Aviation & Airports (General News), China, Gatwick, Heathrow
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[Telegraph] Gatwick Airport has laid bare its ambition to rival Heathrow after announcing it had struck a deal with Air China over direct flights to Beijing.

Air China, a national flag carrier, will operate four direct flights a week between Gatwick and Beijing Photo: Bloomberg News

Air China, a national flag carrier, will operate four direct flights a week between Gatwick and Beijing Photo: Bloomberg News

Air China is the latest long-haul carrier to sign up to Gatwick, which is trying to build a reputation as an alternative gateway between the UK and emerging markets.

The airport has started flexing its muscles as Heathrow’s owner BAA battles with the Government over building a third runway.

Air China, a national flag carrier, will operate four direct flights a week between Gatwick and Beijing.

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Global Infrastructure Partners owned Gatwick, said the airport – the UK’s second largest – could serve London “just as effectively” as Heathrow, where take-off and landing slots are…….

Read the full story at The Telegraph…..


By Nathalie Thomas
02 May 2012


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