Operated by China Eastern, the new route will be flown on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Operated by China Easternâ€™s A330-200 aircraft, the route between Shanghaiâ€™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.
Gatwickâ€™s CEO Stewart Wingate said, â€śConnections 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.â€ť
â€śIâ€™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 worldâ€™s most important cities and business hubs,â€ť Wingate added.
â€śStarting 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 Chinaâ€™s largest city.â€ť
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 Norwegianâ€™s flights to Singapore and Air Chinaâ€™s new route to Chengdu.