Oct 3, 2017

Qatar Airways chief's faith in Cardiff Airport service

The chief executive of Qatar Airways said he resisted pressure from inside the company not to fly between Doha and Cardiff Airport. Mr Al Baker told BBC Wales he would be the "Facilitator" in bringing further investment into Wales using the new service. Qatar already has important links with Wales, including Qatar Petroleum which is the majority shareholder in South Hook, one of the largest liquefied natural gas terminals in Europe, in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Qatar Airways is banned from flying over those countries which means flights could take longer and be more expensive, potentially deterring customers from Cardiff to Doha. Deb Barber, Cardiff Airport chief executive, said the Qatar Airways route was significantly important as it focused on turning around perceptions.

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