Hong Kong Airlines Suspends Flights from London Gatwick

Hong Kong Airlines, an airline based in Hong Kong, China, has announced the cancellation of flights between Hong Kong and London Gatwick Airport in the UK.

The airline is terminating its all-business class flights from September 10, 2012, and will focus on the Asia-Pacific region, after reporting that the ongoing fragile economic conditions in Europe, as well as strengthening of economic conditions in Asia, had influenced its decision.

Yang Jian Hong, the airline president, said, ‘We believe that a regional model focused on Asia Pacific is most appropriate for Hong Kong Airlines at this stage of our growth.

Our key focus will be building our regional network and strengthening our business across China, South East Asia, Japan and Korea. As part of this decision, we will suspend our long-haul flights to London from 10 September, 2012 until further notice.

Our plan is to redeploy the three specially equipped, all-business class A330’s which currently service the London route to charter flights following the suspension.’

The airline had only launched its all-business class flights to Gatwick from Hong Kong as recently as March this year. The all-premium daily service operates from London Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal, with 82 Club Classic seats and 34 Club Premier seats.

Gatwick airport has also recently announced that Malaysia-based Air Asia X had terminated its s flights to the Sussex Airport in March 2012.

Earlier a spokesperson from the airport in the UK said, ‘We have been advised that (Hong Kong Airlines) are evaluating the route and as part of this, the bookings have been closed out in the system.’

Hong Kong Airlines Passengers Gain Gatwick Airport Lounge

Hong Kong Airlines, an airline based in Hong Kong, China, is offering its passengers at London Gatwick Airport access to the No.1 Traveller’s Lounge in the North Terminal of the airport.

The airline currently offers a daily service from London Gatwick Airport to Hong Kong International Airport, and passengers flying on the route will be able to access the No.1 Traveller’s Lounge’s complimentary services at Gatwick Airport, courtesy of a new partnership between the airline and No.1 Traveller Ltd, the UK-based company, which operates airport lounges at the Heathrow, London Gatwick and Stansted airports in the UK.

The lounge, in the North Terminal of the airport, offers around 10,000 square feet of space, which includes a Travel Spa, and a business centre, as well as complimentary food from an a-la-carte menu, a range of complimentary magazines and newspapers; a set of shower cubicles; comfortable seating areas; a bar, a games room, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The airline’s passengers may also enjoy premium services, like champagne, cocktails and a choice of spa treatments as complimentary offers.

The lounge services are otherwise available to all passengers at the airport for a charge.


Howard Ebison, head of commercial at No.1 Traveller, said, ‘Both business and leisure travellers will find that the premium lounge compliments the all-club class ambience of the Hong Kong flight perfectly.

The lounge opened in May last year and is available to all passengers using the North Terminal for a fee of £22.50 for adults and £10 for children, if booked in advance.’