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Gatwick introduces new Shanghai route

“Long-haul connections to China and other non-European nations will take on extra significance in a post-Brexit Britain” – Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO

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Gatwick has today announced a new long-haul connection from London Gatwick to Shanghai – China’s largest city – as Gatwick say they recorded year-on-year long-haul growth of +20.8% during July.

The new service will be flown by China Eastern – the country’s second biggest airline – and will connect the UK to one of the world’s leading business centres, providing over 70,000 seats and more than 3,700 metric tonnes of new cargo capacity each year.

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Shanghai is seen as the showpiece of China’s dramatic economic growth and, like London, is a global financial centre. It is also the leading city driving the Yangtze River Economic Zone – a region accounting for 20% of China’s GDP and responsible for a third of the country’s imports and exports.

The launch of the new route follows the busiest July in Gatwick’s history, which saw the volume of cargo handled by the airport grow by +28.8% year-on-year as a direct result of its soaring long-haul growth.

Gatwick say their Asia routes grew by +134.8% compared with July last year, while the airport’s US connections continue to prove popular, with New York +67.5%, Boston +58.7% and Las Vegas +32.5%. Tampa saw a +5.3% increase in passenger numbers in July, ahead of the launch of new Norwegian flights from Gatwick to the Florida city this October.

The new China Eastern Airlines service to Shanghai will begin on 7 December 2018. The Airbus A330-200 will depart from Gatwick on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 12:00 and will fly to Shanghai Pudong Airport.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said:

“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. Starting from such a strong position gives this new route every chance of success, as it will be popular with business passengers travelling between the two economic centres, as well as leisure passengers keen to sample the excitement of China’s largest city.

 “July’s traffic figures demonstrate that Gatwick’s long-haul network is driving the airport’s growth. These 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.”

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New board members for Coast to Capital will help deliver its Gatwick 360 strategy

Four new board members have been appointed to support the delivery for its strategy for the “Gatwick 360” area.

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Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership announce the appointment of four new board members to support the delivery of its ambitious strategy for the area “Gatwick 360”.

The strategy sets out the scope for economic growth in an area which is hugely important for the national economy and has Gatwick Airport at its heart.

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Martin Harris, Managing Director at Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus, has been appointed as a Co-opted Director with a specific transport remit. Martin is passionate about delivering sustainable emissions-free travel and will provide strategic direction in relation to the Gatwick 360 transport priority, in particular the need to maximise the economic benefit from transport investment including railways, roads and ports.

Rosaleen Liard, CEO at Chequers Contract Services Ltd, has been appointed as a business representative Director and will be focusing on advocating for small and medium sized enterprises. Rosaleen has joined Coast to Capital’s 10 other business representative Board members that are contributing to the development of an effective private and public sector partnership in order to deliver the Gatwick 360 vision.

Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, Adam Tickell, has been appointed as Coast to Capital’s education sector representative Director. Adam will be providing strategic leadership to deliver the Gatwick 360 priority to pioneer innovation in core strengths which will require university engagement across the area.

Daniel Yates, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, has been appointed as a public sector representative Director and joins the four other Local Authority leaders on the Board representing West Sussex County Council, Croydon Council, Surrey County Council and Mid Sussex District Council.

Tim Wates, Chairman at Coast to Capital said:

“Our Board boasts influential representatives from the public, private and education sector that have both specialist knowledge and passion for the Coast to Capital area. These new appointments strengthen the Board and will support us to deliver the Gatwick 360 strategy which will be the basis for negotiating further investment for the area.”

Martin Harris, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to both contribute from my existing experience and to extend my understanding and appreciation of the many ways in which a progressive and innovative approach to our future transport needs will support our local economy, and to contribute to the LEP’s wider work in supporting the economy which is so vital to the wellbeing of our communities”

Rosaleen Liard, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am delighted to join the board of Coast to Capital as a business representative with a background in forging effective partnerships. I am looking forward to supporting the ambitious strategic plan across the region to stimulate sustainable economic growth while delivering great places to live and work.”

Adam Tickell, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am honoured to have been asked to join the Board of Coast to Capital. The University is Sussex, like the rest of the region’s universities, is committed to supporting the needs of the area and I have been deeply impressed by the vigour with which Coast to Capital has developed its plans to support sustainable growth.”

Daniel Yates, Coast to Capital Board member said:

“I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to delivering the infrastructure and development that the broader LEP economy requires. Like so many other local authority Leaders I recognise that the economic benefits of work across the region are felt within the city boundaries and being able to fully play my part in ensuring this continues is a great honour and challenge.”

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