The UK and Chinese governments have agreed to more than double the number of passenger flights allowed to operate between the two countries.
There can now be 100 flights per week between the countries, up from the previous maximum of 40 per week. There will be no limit on cargo services.
Services can now be operated between any point in the UK and any points in China, whereas in the past only six destinations in each country could be served.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “This deal is a big moment for the UK. Strong connections with emerging markets like China are vital for us if we are to continue competing on the global economic stage.”
Aviation minister Lord Ahmad added: “These new arrangements will further strengthen British-Sino relations. Post Brexit, improving trade links with key markets such as China will boost exports and tourism.”
The number of Chinese visitors the UK in 2015 rose by 46% to almost 270,000. Meanwhile spending increased by 18% to £586m.
Earlier this year Manchester airport opened the first direct route between UK and China outside London.
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