Akasa Air set to launch flights from the national capital


Akasa Air will launch flights from the national capital, effective next month, as the airline eyes expansion in northern India. As Akasa receives more aircraft, other towns in the north are likely to follow Delhi and feature on the carrier’s schedule.

The airline has so far maintained that it is on the right track and plans to increase its fleet size rapidly at the rate of one new aircraft every two weeks until all 72 B737 MAXs on order have been received.

The airline has opened bookings for daily flights between Delhi and Ahmedabad, effective 7 October. Fares on the route start from ₹4,578, as per the company website.

Akasa Air had on 7 August operated its maiden flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad.

Akasa has also opened bookings for flights from Delhi to Bengaluru with effect from 7 October. The fares on this route are currently around ₹7,005. Akasa Air, which commenced services on the Bengaluru-Mumbai route on Friday, expects to operate more than 150 weekly flights by the end of September.

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On August 17, days after the passing away of Akasa Air’s key investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, the airline’s CEO Vinay Dube said the carrier is well-capitalised and its growth is secure with the financial means to place an order for more planes.

Akasa Air has opted for the narrow-body fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with a total order book of 72 planes, of which 18 are to join within the current financial year.

Low fares are excellent news for passengers, but unhealthy value wars can affect the enterprise of the airways. As soon as the taxes are accounted for, little or no is left for airways if the costs drop an excessive amount.

Akasa Air has already announced flights for six routes across five cities — Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Bengaluru and Chennai.

It must be noted that Akasa Air completed one month of operations on 7 September and has expanded its fleet, with the fifth aircraft recently joined.