The airline now operates twice-daily flights between Chennai and Bengaluru thanks to Akasa Air, which launched its inaugural flight from Chennai, the fifth city in its network.
The inaugural flight of India's newest airline, Akasa Air, took off on Saturday from Chennai, the fifth city in its network. As a result, the airline is now able to provide twice-daily flights between Chennai and Bengaluru. The airline will begin operating an additional daily flight on the Chennai-Mumbai route on September 15 and an additional daily flight on the Chennai-Bengaluru route on September 26 as part of the ongoing expansion of its operations out of Chennai.
The airline has expanded the connectivity of its pan-India network and introduced a new route between Chennai and Kochi, which will begin service on September 26. This accelerated growth of cities, routes, and frequencies is consistent with the airline's goal of expanding its network quickly and gradually throughout India.
"We have reached yet another milestone today with the start of commercial flights from Chennai, which is the fifth location in our network. From today, we will operate double-daily flights in each direction on this new route," said Praveen Iyer, co-founder and chief commercial officer of Akasa Air.
"Within the next five days, we will expand our network from Chennai by establishing a connection to Mumbai, India's financial hub, which will go live on September 15. With the launch of the Chennai-Kochi route on September 26, we will improve our connectivity out of Chennai.
Iyer continued, "We are delighted to augment our network to meet our commitment of progressively adding more cities along new sectors. 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."
The airline received two aircraft when it first began its commercial operations, and has since received a total of four aircraft. With a focus on important cities and metro to tier-2 and 3 route connectivity, it will continue to expand its fleet in an effort to develop a significant presence across all of India.
By the end of March 2023, Akasa Air will have a fleet of 18 aircraft, and over the following four years, the airline will add another 54 aircraft, bringing its total fleet to 72.