Gatwick's long haul network hits a world record of over 60 routes - providing UK business with vital links to global markets


  • Long haul network largest in the world for a single runway airport - the fifth biggest of any airport in Europe – and the eleventh largest in the world
  • New China Airlines service to Taipei follows other new long haul routes announced this year to Buenos Aires, Singapore, Denver, Seattle, Kigali and Vancouver
  • Gatwick is only airport in world’s top 20 fastest growing airports with a single runway 

A new service to Taipei, Taiwan, takes Gatwick’s long haul network to over 60 routes – the world’s largest long haul network for a single runway airport, and the fifth biggest of any European airport.


Of the top 20 airports in the world by passenger growth, Gatwick is the only one with a single runway and the airport’s flourishing long haul network is providing UK business with vital links to markets outside Europe at a critical time in the nation's history.  The vast majority of UK airfreight being exported in the hold of long haul aircraft.

The new 4-times a week China Airlines service will start on 1 December with other new long haul routes announced from Gatwick this year including Buenos Aires, Singapore, Denver, Seattle, Kigali and Vancouver.

According to the UK Government, Taiwanese business has long-standing expertise working in China, with around 80,000 Taiwanese companies located there.

Approximately 300 UK companies are currently located in Taiwan in financial and business services, ICT, telecommunications, infrastructure, environmental technology, creative industries and marine industries, with around 180 Taiwanese companies also based in the UK. 

Approximately 30% of all Taiwanese who study overseas do so in this country and Taiwanese tourism to the UK has risen sharply since the lifting of the visa regime for visits of under 6 months in 2009.

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

We are delighted to welcome China Airlines to Gatwick as part of our flourishing long haul network.

“The airport is increasingly connecting the UK to more and more destinations in all four corners of the globe including in China, the wider Far East, Africa, South America and destinations across the US. 

Given the current political climate, these global connections will provide UK businesses with vital trading links and will help them get goods to important new markets.  We also stand ready to build a new runway to help drive further growth should the Government give us the green light to proceed.”




About London Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the UK contributing £5.3 billion to national GDP and generating 85,000 jobs nationally, with around 24,000 on the wider airport campus alone. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.

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