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Akasa Air operates its first flight from Chennai, connecting Bengaluru and Mumbai

India’s new airline Akasa Air on Saturday inaugurated its first flight from Chennai, the fifth city in its network, enabling the airline to offer twice-daily flights in each direction on the Chennai-Bengaluru route.
The airline is further expanding its operations from Chennai and will start one more daily flight on the Chennai-Mumbai route from September 15 and add another daily flight on the Chennai-Bengaluru route from September 26.
Additionally, strengthening its pan-India network connectivity, the airline has also added a new route between Chennai and Kochi, which will commence on 26
its rapid expansion of cities, routes and frequencies is in line with the airline’s vision to take a gradual but rapid approach to expanding its network across India.

Commenting on the first flight and the new route, Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Akasa Air said, “Today we have reached another milestone by launching commercial flights from Chennai, the fifth city in our network. Starting today, we offer twice-daily flights in each direction on this new route.

“Over the next five days, we will strengthen our network from Chennai by connecting to Mumbai, the financial capital of India, which will become operational from September 15. We will further strengthen our connectivity from Chennai by launching the Chennai-Kochi route. September 26.”

Iyer added: “Increased capacity in these key cities, supported by affordable fares, will give our customers many options to choose from when planning their journey. We are pleased to expand our network to fulfill our commitment to gradually add more cities along new sectors.”

The airline started its commercial operations with two aircraft and subsequently received four aircraft. It will continue to expand its fleet to build a strong pan-India presence, focusing on key cities and metro connections on routes 2 and 3.
Akasa Air’s fleet size will be 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023 and the airline will add another 54 aircraft over the next four years, taking its total fleet size to 72.

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