The airline is moving ahead rapidly.
India’s newest airline Akasa Air is now offering flights to ten destinations across the country. Operating for a little more than three months, the airline has progressively added cities to its network map and aircraft to its fleet. The latest addition to its route map is Visakhapatnam in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Akasa Air is rapidly expanding its presence in the country and has announced Visakhapatnam as the tenth destination to join its fast-growing network. The airline will fly to the city from Bengaluru twice daily, with the first frequency starting from December 10th and the second from December 12th.
With the latest addition, Akasa now has five metro and five tier two cities on its route map. Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Akasa Air, said,
“We are delighted to add Visakhapatnam to our expanding network as the fourth major destination in South India with daily twice Bengaluru-Visakhapatnam-Bengaluru. Visakhapatnam is a promising Tier II city and a key player in India’s growth story owing to its advantageous coastal location, real-estate boom, and industrial prospects. Strengthening our connectivity, we are pleased to add one more frequency each on the high demand Bengaluru-Ahmedabad and the debut Bengaluru-Pune routes.”
Akasa has rooted a bulk of its operations firmly in Bengaluru. It is further augmenting connectivity between Bengaluru and Ahmedabad by adding a third frequency starting December 17th.
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Aviation analyst Ameya Joshi points out that Akasa has already left behind Air India, Go First, and SpiceJet with its departure count from Bengaluru. Once it starts its Pune service in a couple of days, it will overtake Vistara to become the third-largest airline in Bengaluru in terms of the number of departures, behind only IndiGo and AirAsia India.
Together with all the new flights in December, Akasa Air will offer 24 daily non-stop flights from Bengaluru connecting it to eight cities – Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Guwahati, Pune, and Vishakhapatnam. Only Agartala in North East India is not connected to Bengaluru with a direct flight.
By mid-December, Akasa will establish a strong pan-India presence with a focus on metro to tier two and three route connectivity, using a fleet expansion plan that adds one new aircraft every two weeks.
Although nowhere near the size of other established players in India, Akasa Air has been affected by global supply chain problems. The airline announced that the overall delivery plan of its planes remains unchanged, but for a few months, some of its planes will fly with fewer seats that will look slightly different from the standard ones.
It said that a few of its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will have 174 seats instead of 189, and passengers can also expect USBs to be missing on some seats and upholstery in a different color than the current purple scheme.
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While Akasa expects to resolve this in the coming months, it might find it challenging to freely swap planes if the need arises due to the difference in capacity. Hopefully, this will be a minor blip in what looks like a long journey for Akasa in India.
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With a background in publishing and digital media, Gaurav likes to combine his love for aviation with his fondness for storytelling. He's a keen observer of ever-changing aviation trends around the world and particularly in India. Gaurav also keeps a close eye on the fleet development of all major carriers and their subsequent impact on regional and international routes. Based in New Delhi, India.
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