Gatwick Airport has welcomed the new agreement between the UK and Chinese governments to more than double the number of permitted flights between China and the UK.

Under the new deal passenger flights can now increase from the current maximum of 40 per week for each nation to up to 100, helping to boost tourism and trade opportunities for the UK.

The Airport which is currently lobbying the government to allow it to expand points out that this year it welcomed Tianjin Airlines which has the UK’s first and only direct flights to Chongqing and Tianjin, and the return of Cathay Pacific with flights to Hong Kong.

Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Stewart Wingate said:

“China is one of the UK’s most important growth markets and this deal will offer unrivalled opportunities to increase UK trade and tourism.

“With Gatwick already operating new and exclusive links to important Chinese growth markets, alongside more than 50 long-haul services, Gatwick is well positioned to further boost links between China and the UK thanks to this deal and demonstrate Britain remains well and truly open for business.”