Qatar Airways to start flights to Langkawi from mid-October
For all those planning to visit the beautiful island of Langkawi in Malaysia, Qatar Airways (QA) yesterday announced yesterday that it will offer four weekly flights from Qatar to Langkawi, via Penang, starting from October 15 this year.
This was announced during a press conference held in Kuala Lumpur, as part of the launch event of the QA flights to Langkawi.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, led the press conference which convened the Qatari Ambassador to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr. 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 Bin Adnan, and some other senior officials.
In a statement on its website, QA said the new service to Langkawi is part of its strong expansion plans in Southeast Asia. It also marks QA's third destination in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
The airline said the frequency of the flights would be increased to five times a week from October 27.
Flights for this route will be offered on the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business class and 232 seats in Economy class, the airline said.
Known as ‘the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is home to lush tropical rainforests and mangroves rich in flora and fauna. The island has recently been named 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. With five weekly flights to Langkawi, our service offers a gateway for passengers to travel and experience Langkawi’s magnificent offerings," said Al Baker.
"We also aim to offer greater connectivity for passengers traveling from Malaysia to our extensive global network of over 160 destinations," he said, adding that this reflects the airline's commitment to growing its presence in Asia.
#Qatar and #Malaysia have strong bilateral relations established 40 years ago and trade between the two countries amounts to nearly US$1.1bn. https://t.co/iXNtQ0fRwz #LangkawiTogether pic.twitter.com/1xMqusK01e— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) August 28, 2019
Chief Minister of the State of Kedah said that the new Qatar Airways service "will lead to greater opportunities not only for Malaysia’s burgeoning tourism industry but for Kedah as well."
"[The] 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," he said.
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 Qatar has introduced a host of exciting new destinations this year, 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.
Flight Schedule for the new service - from 15 October 2019:
Service operates Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
Doha (DOH) to Penang (PEN) QR 866 departs 02:25, arrives 15:00
Penang (PEN) to Langkawi (LGK) departs 16:25, arrives 17:05
Langkawi (LGK) to Penang (PEN) QR 867 departs 19:00, arrives 19:40
Penang (PEN) to Doha (DOH) departs 21:00, arrives 23:45
* Schedule on the 15th October is subject to vary
Flight Schedule from 27 October 2019:
Service operates Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Doha (DOH) to Penang (PEN) QR 866 departs 02:10, arrives 14:20
Penang (PEN) to Langkawi (LGK) departs 15:30, arrives 16:20
Langkawi (LGK) to Penang (PEN) QR 867 departs 18:40, arrives 19:40
Penang (PEN) to Doha (DOH) departs 20:35, arrives 23:25
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