You can now fly from London to China for £7 (sort of)

You can now fly from London to China for just £7, thanks to a new launch offer from a Chinese airline.

Tianjin Airlines is introducing its first UK service this summer and, to celebrate, it offering a promotional fare of just £7 one-way. The route, which will fly from Gatwick to Chongqing and Tianjin, will launch on 25th June 2016 and operate every Wednesday and Saturday. The flights will last 11.5 hours and 17 hours respectively, with 18 business class seats and 242 economy class seats available on Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Tianjin Airlines is a subsidiary of HNA Group and currently operates a fleet of over 90 aircraft to more than 100 destinations throughout China from its eight hubs: Tianjin, Xi’an, Hohhot, Urumqi, Haikou, Sanya, Guiyang, and Dalian. The airline is the youngest 4-star airline in the global civil aviation industry, with a network that includes China and neighbouring countries. Now, though, it is expanding into new territories, beginning with the UK market.

Mr Robert Chen, UK General Manager for Tianjin Airlines, says the company hopes to “open up a still largely unexplored area of China for British travellers”.

The low-cost fares, though, come with a slight catch: the rate does not include taxes and only applies to the first two flights departing from Gatwick on 25th and 29th June. Including all taxes, the £7 promotional one-way fare will cost a total of just £206. Return fares are available from £9 plus taxes (£332 including taxes).