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New Route of the Day (20 June 2024): China Southern Airlines between Guangzhou and London LGW


China Southern Airlines inaugurated flights between Guangzhou and London LGW on Thursday 20 June. The 9,515-kilometre service will be maintained 3-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with the 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. It faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight CZ689 takes off from Guangzhou at 01:35 local time arriving at London LGW at 07:00 local time. The return service, operating as flight CZ690, leaves London’s second busiest airport at 11:50 local time, touching back down in China at 06:40 local time the following morning.

What they said

Stephanie Wear, VP Aviation Development at London Gatwick Airport said: “These new services to China are fantastic news for both passengers and businesses across London and the South East, providing greater opportunities for tourism and trade. Having welcomed both Air China and China Southern to the airport last year, the additional routes highlight the carriers’ commitment to growth at London Gatwick. Alongside China Eastern, we are delighted to continue growing these positive relationships with China’s three largest airlines.”

London LGW now served by China’s “Big three”

The launch of China Southern Airlines’ new service from its hub in Guangzhou was preceded with the introduction of flights from Beijing PEK by Air China on 1 June. As a result, London LGW is now served by China’s three largest carriers – Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

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The new flights take London LGW’s number of weekly services to China to 33, alongside 21-weekly flights to Shanghai PVG (China Eastern Airlines and Air China), a daily rotation to Beijing PEK (Air China) and a 2-weekly service to Zhengzhou (China Southern Airlines).

London LGW now boasts a record number of flights of China and significantly more than when compared to the pre-pandemic period when it was only served by China Eastern Airlines with a 3-weekly service to Shanghai PVG.

London LGW with close to 100-weekly flights to Asia and Middle East

This summer London LGW saw a number of new carriers introduce flights to Asia and the Middle East, bringing its total numbers of weekly services to the continent to 93, while departing seat capacity stands at just over 30,400.

In addition to Chinese carriers, Air India, Emirates, SAUDIA, and Qatar Airways maintain services from the London airport. Furthermore, this summer saw the arrival Singapore Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, and Uzbekistan Airways. Compared to S19, the number of weekly flights to the Middle East and Asia has increased from 61-weekly while capacity is up from 21,800.

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