Air China suspends Gatwick route
State-backed Air China has announced that it will suspend flights between Beijing and Gatwick airport.
Airport news for Gatwick,Flights on 05/09/2013.
State-backed Air China has announced that it will suspend flights between Beijing and Gatwick airport in the coming months.
Officials from the airline told the media this week that flights from Gatwick to the Chinese capital will be suspended from 27 October. The break is expected to last at least until the spring; although, airport operators say that they have been sure that the airline will resume service next year.
The route – which only launched last year – is currently open for bookings from 30 March onward.
A Gatwick spokesperson told the media that the West Sussex facility is disappointed at the airline’s decision not to operate from the airport during the winter season. She went on to note that the suspension comes after the carrier chose to change aircraft on the route, resulting in a reshuffling of services.
Air China will continue running its Heathrow-Beijing flights over the winter.
The news comes as a major blow for Gatwick; the airport has seen several long-haul routes suspended, postponed or axed in recent months via several carriers including Korean Air, Garuda Indonesia and Hong Kong Airlines.