GATWICK ATTRACTS HONG KONG AIRLINES

14 November 2011

Gatwick Airport has announced that Hong Kong Airlines has chosen Gatwick to operate a daily Club Class service to Hong Kong from March 2012, giving business passengers based in London and the South East an easy point-to-point link to the second largest market in Asia (after the Mainland).

  • Non-stop daily service between Gatwick and Hong Kong to start next March
  • Business travellers to get easy point-to-point access to one of Asia’s largest markets with an all-Club Class A330 service
  • Gatwick succeeding in attracting new long haul services

Gatwick Airport has announced that Hong Kong Airlines has chosen Gatwick to operate a daily Club Class service to Hong Kong from March 2012, giving business passengers based in London and the South East an easy point-to-point link to the second largest market in Asia (after the Mainland).

The airline will operate the Airbus A330-200 in a unique Club Class seating configuration (Club Premier and Club Classic) out of Gatwick’s newly renovated North Terminal.

Heathrow has long been considered the favoured airport to conduct business travel but Gatwick is now competing in this space and winning important new business. Airlines now recognise that they can serve the UK’s capital just as well from London’s second largest airport - Gatwick – and do so at less than half the cost.

Gatwick’s location is a source of competitive advantage – it is located within the UK’s most affluent catchment area with around 15 million people within one hour of the airport, with regular, fast rail connections to central London and the South Coast.

Gatwick is also investing £1.2 billion to transform the airport to provide new, modern facilities to significantly enhance the passenger journey to, through and from the airport. Departing passengers can now experience faster check-in and security processes, enjoy the extensive retail and restaurant offers in the departure lounges, and get away on time. Arriving passengers are experiencing swifter taxi-ing to gates, less time queuing at the border zones, shorter waits at baggage reclaim and accessible information to make informed choices about onward travel and leisure options.

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are very excited to welcome Hong Kong Airlines to Gatwick. This is a unique service which provides a real choice to business and premium leisure traffic to one of the world’s great cities, with excellent connections to other points in Asia.

“We are committed to matching the premium service Hong Kong Airlines will be offering their passengers on board their flights with a premium service at the airport. We have already introduced premium security lanes in both terminals to combine speed with high levels of service. There are also premium car parking options to give time-strapped passengers quick and easy access to check-in, new luxury lounges, and a porter service to help passengers with their luggage, both on their arrival and their return to the airport.”

Gerard Clarke, General Manager, UK for Hong Kong Airlines stated: “We have gained a reputation for outstanding service over the past five years and we look forward to extending this to our new flagship route, connecting two global business capitals of the world. The concept for the all Club Class aircraft will provide passengers with a private jet style ambience and an exceptional crew to guest ratio, and we are confident that we have the right knowledge and experience to make a success of the new all Club Class daily service.”

Separate ownership has given Gatwick the ability to reinvent itself by investing money to improve the airport facilities for airlines and passengers and pursue its ambition to become London's airport of choice.

Gatwick is targeting long-haul routes to better connect Gatwick with emerging markets of the world. AirAsia X have recently switched their London home to Gatwick from Stansted, enabling passengers to fly direct to Kuala Lumpur and connect onto AirAsia's extensive route network across South East Asia.

On December 9th 2011, Vietnam Airlines will launch, for the first time ever, direct flights from the UK via Gatwick to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, helping to make Gatwick the new Asian gateway for London. There's also good news closer to home. Lufthansa - the German flag carrier - has just launched its double daily service from Gatwick to Frankfurt, reconnecting Gatwick with Continental Europe’s financial centre and enabling them to tap into its extensive global network to destinations including Johannesburg and Mumbai.

 
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