Air China is to resume flights to Beijing from Gatwick from next summer.

The Airbus A330 service will run four times a week when it is re-introduced from March 30.

The airline began the non-stop service in May 2012 but dropped flights for the winter from October 27.

The Gatwick connection is in addition to daily flights from Heathrow to Beijing.

Wang Mingyuan, senior vice president and chairman of Air China’s commercial committee said: “Air China regards London as an important global market, and the economic and tourism prospects for China and the UK are positive.

“We are therefore pleased to reintroduce services to London Gatwick with whom we are developing a good strategic partnership.”

Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate said: “Demand between China and the UK is increasing and Gatwick has a very clear role to play in helping the UK remain one of the best connected cities anywhere in the world.

“The London Gatwick-Beijing route has proved popular since its inception in May last year and so I am very pleased that Air China has decided to continue operating this service into next summer.”