Kuala Lumpur : To announce the launch of Qatar Airways flights to Langkawi, Malaysia, Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways recently hosted a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
The press conference was attended by Fahad Mohammed Kafoud, Qatari Ambassador to Malaysia, Dato' Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, Chief Minister of the State of Kedah and Dr. Hezri Bin Adnan, Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA).
The new service to Langkawi, starting October 15, is part of the airline's strong expansion plans in Southeast Asia and marks Qatar Airways' third destination in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Qatar Airways will initially start with four-times weekly Langkawi tag services via Penang with an increase up to five-times weekly services from October 27 on its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business class and 232 seats in Economy class, with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors.
Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways said, "Langkawi is one of the most highly sought-after destinations in Malaysia and I am certain our flights will help increase accessibility and boost inbound tourism to this beautiful archipelago. With five weekly flights to Langkawi, our service offers a gateway for passengers to travel and experience Langkawi's magnificent offerings. We also aim to offer greater connectivity for passengers travelling from Malaysia to our extensive global network of over 160 destinations. Our new flights reflect our commitment to growing our presence not just in Malaysia, but in Asia as well."
Dato' Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, Chief Minister, State of Kedah said, "I'm thrilled to know that Qatar Airways' service expansion now includes the magnificent Langkawi as this will definitely lead to greater opportunities not only for Malaysia's burgeoning tourism industry, but for Kedah as well. Qatar Airways' service to Langkawi will soon bring the world right to the doorstep of the island, allowing them to experience the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark in all its majesty."