Operated by China Eastern, the new route will be flown on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Operated by China Eastern’s A330-200 aircraft, the route between Shanghai’s Pudong airport and Gatwick will offer more than 70,000 seats per year.
The new flights will take off on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, departing Gatwick at 12 p.m.
Gatwick’s CEO Stewart Wingate said, “Connections to China and other non-European countries will take on extra significance in a post-Brexit Britain as we become more reliant on them to generate vital growth through trade and by exploiting the other business opportunities that they provide.”
“I’m delighted to welcome China Eastern to Gatwick and look forward to the start of this vital new link to Shanghai which, like London, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important cities and business hubs,” Wingate added.
“Starting from such a strong position gives this new route every chance of success, as it will be popular with business passengers traveling between the two economic centers, as well as leisure passengers keen to sample the excitement of China’s largest city.”
This new route comes as Gatwick recorded its busiest month in July, with long-haul routes up 20.8 percent year on year, and services to Asia up 134.8 percent. The numbers have partly been driven by Norwegian’s flights to Singapore and Air China’s new route to Chengdu.