The new Indian airline Akasa Air inaugurated its first flight on Saturday from Chennai, the fifth city in its network, which allows it to offer twice-daily flights in each direction on the Chennai-Bengaluru route.
To expand its operations from Chennai, the airline will start an additional daily flight from September 15 on the Chennai-Mumbai route and add an additional daily flight on the Chennai-Bengaluru route from September 26.
In addition, to boost its pan-India network connectivity, the airline has also added a new route between Chennai and Kochi which will start on September 26. This rapid expansion of cities, routes and frequencies is in line with the airline’s vision to take a gradual yet rapid approach to growing its network in India.
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Commenting on the inaugural flight and the new route, Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Akasa Air, said, “We have reached another milestone today with the launch of commercial flights from Chennai, which is the fifth city in our network. From today, we will offer twice-daily flights in each direction on this new route.
“In the next five days, we will strengthen our network from Chennai by connecting to Mumbai, the financial capital of India, which will be operational from 15 September. On September 26, with the start of the Chennai-Kochi route, we will further enhance our connectivity from Chennai. »
Iyer added, “The increased capacity in these key cities, supported by affordable fares, will provide our customers with many options to plan their trip. We are excited to increase our network to deliver on our commitment to gradually add more cities in new areas. »
The airline started commercial operations with two planes and later received four planes so far. It will continue to grow its fleet with a view to establishing a strong presence across India, focusing on key cities and connectivity between metro and Tier 2 and 3 roads.
Akasa Air’s fleet will grow to 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023, and over the next four years the company will add an additional 54 aircraft, bringing its total fleet size to 72.
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