Qatar-chief of the faith in Cardiff air route’

The chief executive of Qatar Airways said that they resisted the pressure from within the company not to fly between Doha and the Airport of Cardiff.

Akbar Al Baker, said there were “very strong arguments” of the people within the airline that there were not enough passengers to justify the new daily flight.

But he insisted that we try your right to opt-out of the Cardiff instead of Bristol.

The route begins in May of 2018.

Mr Al-Baker told BBC Wales it would be the “facilitator” in bringing more investment in the country of Wales to use the new service.

The united kingdom and the Qatari governments have agreed to a £5bn investment deal for future projects.

Qatar already has significant links with the country of Wales, including Qatar Petroleum, which is the majority shareholder in South hook, one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in Europe, in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.

Cardiff Airport and the Welsh Government, which is the owner, have made clear they are looking for private sector to support the development of the vale of Glamorgan site, including a new terminal building.

Mr Al Baker, speaking at a trade mission in Qatar’s capital, said: “Wales is a massive development of the state – it is important that we operate and to connect to the people of Wales and the south west with the rest of the world.”

But he said that the service would have to stand on their own two feet.

“We are not a taxi company, we are an airline, so that we cannot please and please to all of the application,” he said.

“We have to make sure that in the places where we operate, we are operating in the market and we make sure that the path is developing very fast and with the right kind of people and be the right kind of production.”

Mr Al-Baker, said that he had been pressured by ministers, diplomats, and the airport bosses, and that it had been “great pressure” to convince him to operate to Wales.

“We had the competition between Wales and Bristol and Wales won.”

He said that it was important to have daily flights, and had discussions with your planning team about the number of passengers.

But he said Wales was “a large part of the United Kingdom”, and there were travelers who could not be tapped directly from Cardiff before.

“When a child is in need of a bar of chocolate that do not occur in pieces – the region is the longing of an international flight, and as one of the world’s only five star airlines, why shouldn’t we go all day?”

The announcement of the new route was made before the current dispute between Qatar and neighbouring countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar Airways is forbidden to fly over countries that refers to the flights could take longer and be more expensive, and potentially discourage clients from Cardiff to Doha.

Mr Al Baker also rejected the idea that the current tense relations in the Middle East impact on the uk travellers.

It is four years since Cardiff Airport was bought by the Welsh Government for £52m after a fall in the number of passengers.

Deb Barber, Cardiff Airport’s chief executive, said that the Qatar Airways on the route was of significant importance, since it is focused on the back of perceptions.

“It’s about the construction of what we call the contagious confidence in the company, both with the passengers and the airlines,” he said.

“To have a world class airline like Qatar have the confidence and the confidence in our airport and the market will be a huge catalyst for us and add to the confidence that we are building on a monthly basis.”

She said that there was a market of 1.4 m passengers from Wales and the west of the region that at the time he traveled to the Middle East from other airports.

A reception was held at the British embassy in Doha, with guests such as the Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns and the RAF Red Arrows display team.

Mr Cairns said: “it Is an opportunity for the in-bound traffic, but also outbound traffic for Cardiff becomes a part of this great Britain that we are developing.”

Reuters