Tagged services to Langkawi via Penang to commence on October 15, 2019, four-times weekly
Qatar Airways announced the launch of its flights to Langkawi, Malaysia, during a press conference held on August 27, 2019 at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, hosted by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker.
During the press conference, which was attended by Qatari Ambassador to Malaysia His Excellency Fahad Mohammed Kafoud; Chief Minister of the State of Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir; and Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) Dr Hezri Adnan, it was announced that the new service to Langkawi will commence on October 15, 2019.
This 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 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.
Known as ‘the Jewel of Kedah’, Langkawi – an archipelago of 99 picturesque islands surrounded by the azure Andaman Sea on Malaysia’s west coast – is home to lush tropical rainforests and mangroves rich in flora and fauna, boasting forested hills, stunning white-sand beaches and glimmering turquoise waters. The island is also listed among Travel + Leisure’s 50 best places to visit in 2019.
“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,” said His Excellency Akbar Al Baker. “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 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.”
Qatar Airways seamlessly connects passengers from Malaysia to more than 160 destinations across six continents via its award-winning Hamad International Airport in Doha.
The National Carrier of the State of Qatar has launched a host of exciting new destinations in 2019, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia; and will add Gaborone, Botswana to its extensive network in October 2019.