Air China returns to Gatwick Airport to target business travellers

Air China has announced that it will return to Gatwick Airport to run flights to and from Beijing in a bid to attract more business travellers.

Business class passengers will be provided with fully-flat seats during the flight, allowed access to Gatwick’s exclusive Traveller Lounge in the North Terminal and given the use of a limousine service at each end of their journey, reports.

New regulations are now in place enabling visitors to enjoy a 72 hour-stay in Beijing without a visa, further benefiting those visiting the capital for business meetings.

The service will commence this summer, with the airline flying from London Gatwick to Beijing International Airport four times every week. The service will employ the Airbus A330-200 aircraft and offer both business class and economy class seating options.

Xiaoming Wu, general manager for Air China UK & Ireland, told that the demand for air travel between these two destinations is ever increasing and that Gatwick’s proximity to London makes it an ideal travel option for Chinese business passengers.

Mr Wu said: “We trust that together with Air China’s strong network across Asia and Australia, our flights between Gatwick and Beijing will greatly enhance the passenger travel experience as well as benefiting the communications and exchanges between people across the two countries.”