Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, met with the Prime Minister of Malaysia and other senior government officials following the opening of the UNWTO World Tourism Conference in Kuala Lumpur recently. 

Al Baker took the opportunity to discuss several issues of mutual interest, including developments in the global aviation industry and Qatar Airways’ upcoming flights to Langkawi, during separate meetings with the Prime Minister, the Honourable Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, and the Minister of Transport for Malaysia, the Honourable Anthony Loke Siew Fook.

Al Baker said that it was a pleasure and an honour to meet with the Prime Minister. He said that Malaysia is an important and growing market for Qatar Airways as shown by their new route to Langkawi, which will operate starting on 15 October.

We were able to discuss a wide range of mutually beneficial issues and I look forward to a continuing dialogue with him and his government.’

Earlier, HE Al Baker, who attended the World Tourism Conference in his role as Secretary General of the QNTC, discussed the launch of Qatar Airways flights to Langkawi, during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Malaysian capital city.

The press conference was attended by Qatari Ambassador to Malaysia, HE Fahad Mohammed Kafoud, Chief Minister of the State of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and CEO of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Dr Hezri Bin Adnan.

The new service to Langkawi, which will start on 15 October, 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.

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