First Qatar Airways flight lands in Malta

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The inaugural flight of Qatar Airways from Doha to Malta made completed its trip on Tuesday afternoon. This is the first direct flight service between the two countries.

To mark the occasion, the incoming plane was welcomed with a water cannon at the Malta International Airport. Malta Today quoted Airline group chief executive Akbar Al Baker as saying that this was the latest addition to Qatar Airways’ network.

He added that the airline was looking forward to helping business and leisure travellers to explore the “charming” destination.

Malta Tourism Minister was present at the welcome ceremony of the flight. Along with him, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Europe, Sylvain Bosc, and Charges d’Affaires of Qatar to Malta, Abdulla Khalid Al-Derham attended the ceremony.

Alan Borg, CEO of the Malta International Airport welcomed Qatar Airways to Malta and said that he was delighted to add Doha to their growing network of destinations. He added that the new route will help in strengthening Malta’s ties with the rest of the world.

Qatar Airways, which operates over 250 aircraft from Hamad International Airport added three new destinations including Malta this summer. The airline operates flights to more than 160 destinations around the world.

This massive network of Qatar Airways will also help the Maltese travellers to easily travel to different parts of the world via connecting flights from Hamad International Airport.

The newly introduced route between Malta and Doha will be operated by an Airbus 320 which has 120 economy class seats and 12 business class seats.

The flight will operate on an everyday basis during the summer and four times a week during winter. The current Maltese government and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi have taken various steps to improve tourism in Malta for generating more revenues from the sector.