On Saturday, Akasa Air, India’s newest airline, launched its first flight from Chennai, the fifth city in its network, allowing the airline to offer twice-daily flights in both directions on the Chennai-Bengaluru route.
Further expanding its operations from Chennai, the airline will launch one additional daily flight on the Mumbai-Chennai route on September 15, 2022, and one additional daily flight on the Bengaluru-Chennai route on September 26, 2022.
In addition, the airline has added a new route between Chennai and Kochi, which will begin on September 26, 2022, to strengthen its pan-India network connectivity.
Akasa Air Chennai Flight Schedule
|FLIGHT NO.||DEPARTURE||DEP. TIME||ARRIVAL||ARR. TIME||FREQUENCY||START DATE|
|QP 1319||Bengaluru||08:30||Chennai||09:35||Daily||Sep 10|
|QP 1320||Chennai||10:15||Bengaluru||11:20||Daily||Sep 10|
|QP 1313||Bengaluru||12:00||Chennai||13:05||Daily||Sep 10|
|QP 1316||Chennai||13:40||Bengaluru||14:35||Daily||Sep 10|
|QP 1304||Mumbai||18:10||Chennai||19:55||Daily||Sep 15|
|QP 1305||Chennai||20:50||Mumbai||22:45||Daily||Sep 15|
|QP 1307||Bengaluru||15:15||Chennai||16:20||Daily||Sep 26|
|QP 1310||Chennai||21:15||Bengaluru||22:15||Daily||Sep 26|
|QP 1308||Chennai||17:00||Kochi||18:30||Daily||Sep 26|
|QP 1309||Kochi||19:15||Chennai||20:40||Daily||Sep 26|
This rapid expansion of cities, routes, and frequencies is consistent with the airline’s vision of expanding its network across India in a phased but rapid manner.
Commenting on the maiden flight and the new route, Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder, and Chief Commercial Officer, Akasa Air, said;
“We have achieved yet another milestone today with the launch of commercial flights from Chennai, which is the fifth city in our network. From today, we will offer double-daily flights in each direction on this new route”.
“Within the next 5 days, we will strengthen our network from Chennai by connecting to Mumbai, the financial capital of India, effective 15th September. On the 26th of September, with the start of the Chennai-Kochi route.”
“we will further strengthen our connectivity from Chennai. The increased capacities across these key focus cities backed by affordable fares will provide our customers with many options to choose from while planning their travel. We are delighted to augment our network to meet our commitment of progressively adding more cities along new sectors”, he added.
The airline began commercial operations with two aircraft and has since received four additional aircraft. It plans to expand its fleet further in order to establish a strong pan-India presence, with a focus on key cities and metro-to-tier 2 and 3 route connectivity.
By the end of March 2023, Akasa Air’s fleet size will be 18 aircraft, and the airline will add 54 additional aircraft over the next four years, bringing its total fleet size to 72 aircraft.