Qatar Air boss takes up seat on Heathrow board

Akbar Al Baker in non-executive director role; could push for development of third runway

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, has been appointed as non-executive director on the board Heathrow Airport Holdings, the UK's The Telegraph reported.

The newspaper said that Al Baker along with Ali Bouzarif will take up seats on the board of the holding company behind the world's busiest airport, following Qatar Holding's 20 percent investment in the company last October.

Al Baker has been promoting the expansion of Heathrow Airport, not only because the infrastructure has reached a “critical point”, but also because he believes it would create more jobs and business opportunities.

Later this week, the airport authority will outline plans to invest GBP£3bn (US$4.75bn) in developing infrastructure at Heathrow.

A spokesperson for Qatar Airways had not responded to Arabian Business's request for comment on the matter at the time of publishing.

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