Akasa Air to expand operations with 150 weekly flights

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air, which started services on 7 August this year, has announced in a release that the company expects to operate more than 150 weekly flights by the end of September. 

India’s newest airline which is also backed by aviation veterans Vinay Dube and Aditya Ghosh began operations on August 7 and now flies on three routes — Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Bengaluru-Kochi and Bengaluru-Mumbai.

Currently, the carrier has three planes and the third one was received on August 16.

The airline inaugurated its first service on the Bengaluru-Mumbai route, enabling it to offer twice-daily flights in each direction.

“Further expanding operations on the Bengaluru-Mumbai route, we will commence one additional daily flight from August 30, 2022, and another from September 19, 2022.”

Official said in a release.

The release further informed that the airlines will start a new route connecting Bengaluru with Chennai from 10 September.

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Currently, the carrier has three planes and the third one was received on 16 August. It plans to add one new aircraft every two weeks and its fleet size will be 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023. Over the next four years, the airline will add 54 additional aircraft, taking its total fleet size to 72 planes.

Akasa Air started its commercial operations with two aircraft and received its third aircraft on August 16.

According to a statement on August 17, 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. The carrier is looking to induct 72 aircraft over the next five years.

In line with the airline’s vision of adopting a phased approach and strengthening its pan-India network connectivity, it has already announced flights for six routes across five cities, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, and Chennai.

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