Qatar Airways recently held a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur to announce the official launch of services to Langkawi, Malaysia.
The press conference was hosted by chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker, and saw a number of dignitaries in attendance, including Qatari Ambassador to Malaysia, HE Fahad Mohammed Kafoud, Chief Minister of the State of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and CEO, Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Dr. Hezri Bin Adnan.
The new Langkawi route, scheduled to commence on October 15, 2019, 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, 2019, 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.
HE Al Baker spoke on the announcement: “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,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Dr. Adnan said: “The launch of Qatar Airways’ direct services to Langkawi certainly bodes well for the island and goes in line with our plans of further cementing its position as an international tourist destination. Not only that, it also augurs well for Langkawi’s economy and tourism industry as we get ready to welcome visitors from across the globe to experience the island’s distinctive culture and scenic views at one of the finest tropical gems in Malaysia.”