Akasa Air Starts Operations Takes Off Maiden Flight on Bengaluru-Mumbai Route
After successfully taking off on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Bengaluru-Kochi routes, Akasa Air, India's newest airline, on Friday inaugurated its first service on the Bengaluru-Mumbai route, enabling it to offer twice-daily flights in each direction.
Further expanding its operations on the Bengaluru-Mumbai route, the airline will commence one additional daily flight from August 30, and another from September 19.
In addition, strengthening its pan-India network connectivity, the airline has also added a new route between Bengaluru and Chennai, which will commence from September 10.
In line with the airline’s vision of adopting a phased approach to grow its network across India, Akasa Air has already announced flights for six routes across five cities, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, and Chennai.
On the maiden flight and the new route, airline co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer Praveen Iyer said: “We have achieved yet another milestone today with the launch of commercial flights on the Bengaluru-Mumbai route. We believe that strong interconnectivity between these cities is imperative as a catalyst for the rapid progression of our country’s industrial and technological prowess. We are excited to offer connectivity between the two major aviation hubs that rank among the top three busiest airports across the country. Chennai is the fourth city we are connecting with Bengaluru, as we constantly augment this important sector. From September 10 we will offer double-daily flights in each direction on this new route.”
The airline started its commercial operations with two aircraft and received its third aircraft on August 16. It will continue to grow its fleet by adding one new aircraft every two weeks with a view to establish a strong pan-India presence with a focus on metro to tier 2 & 3 route connectivity.
Akasa Air’s fleet size will be 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023 and over the next four years, the airline will add 54 additional aircraft, taking its total fleet size to 72.