Qatar Airways has increased its commitment to Nepal by opening a new office complex in Kathmandu today and presenting the country`s travel agents with special awards.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Mr Akbar Al Baker traveled to Kathmandu to officially open Qatar Airway`s new offices at Siddhi Bhawan, Kantipath, and present the awards.
“It is my great pleasure to be able to open these offices today as a mark of our continuing commitment to serve Kathmandu and the Nepalese tourism market,” said Mr Al Baker.
“The new offices will allow us to offer our customers in Nepal with an even better service. They also form part of a strategic plan to open Qatar Airways offices throughout its entire network.
“The new office is just part of our continuing commitment to bring our services - which have made Qatar Airways one of the fastest growing airlines in the world - to Kathmandu.
“We are now flying to Kathmandu daily, with convenient connections from Europe.
“Under a new air services agreement between Qatar and Nepal, we have the option to increase our flights to Kathmandu to 11 per week, and run four cargo flights per week.
“The new agreement also allows us to offer more point-to-point services to and from Kathmandu. We are looking at services from Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur and Bandar Siri Begaw in Brunei at sometime in the future.
“The new agreement also allows us to run services to Kathmandu via Muscat, Karachi, and a third destination that is yet to be determined.
“Kathmandu remains important to our plans to extend our services across the Asian region,” said Mr Al Baker.
Mr Al Baker also presented travel agents with special awards to honour their commitment to the airline.
“Qatar Airways has enjoyed tremendous success in Kathmandu, and that success can in part be attributed to the hard work of travel agents in Nepal.
“These awards recognise and acknowledge their contribution to our growth as an airline,” said Mr Al Baker.
Qatar Airways has become one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.
It is undergoing a rapid expansion program that will see it increase its route network from 38 destinations to 50 destinations worldwide by the end of 2004, and increase its fleet from 18 aircraft to more than 30 by 2005. Qatar Airways began flying to Kathmandu in 1996 with one flight per week. It now flies to Kathmandu daily and often is the airline of choice for members of the Nepalese Royal family traveling to Europe.