March 27, 2023

Regardless of solely having commenced its first few flight operations earlier final month, India’s comparatively new low-cost provider, Akasa Air, has quickly expanded. The newest could be its inaugural flight on the newly launched Chennai-Bengaluru route, making the state capital the fifth metropolis on its route community.

Celebrating the enlargement in Chennai was the airline’s Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, Praveen Iyer, who stated:

“We’ve got achieved yet one more milestone at present with the launch of business flights from Chennai, which is the fifth metropolis in our community. By providing capacities throughout key focus cities backed by inexpensive fares, we are going to present our clients many choices to select from whereas planning their journey.”

Flying between Chennai and Bengaluru

The brand new Chennai-Bengaluru is already scheduled for double day by day flight providers in every route, with a morning and afternoon flight for passengers‘ conveniences. With Akasa Air’s all-Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, the low-cost provider will supply roughly 5,292 seats weekly.


Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time
QP 1320 (MAA – BLR) 10:15 11:20
QP 1319 (BLR – MAA) 08:30 09:35
QP 1316 (MAA – BLR) 13:40 14:35
QP 1313 (BLR – MAA) 12:00 13:05
*QP 13010 (MAA – BLR) 21:15 22:15
*QP 1307 (BLR – MAA) 15:15 16:20

Additional increasing its operations from Chennai, Akasa Air can be upgrading the Chennai-Bengaluru route with a further day by day flight from September twenty sixth, permitting the funds provider to supply flight providers to the state capital for the morning, afternoon, and evening. The evening service will finally enhance the airline’s weekly capability to 7,938.

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Flying between Chennai and Kochi

Additionally taking place on September twenty sixth could be the airline’s launch of its flight providers for the Chennai-Kochi route, which is initially scheduled for as soon as day by day. On this route, Akasa Air will supply about 2,646 seats weekly.

Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time
QP 1308 (MAA – COK) 17:00 18:30
QP 1309 (COK – MAA) 19:15 20:40

Although not like the Chennai-Bengaluru route, it doesn’t appear to be the Indian low-cost provider has any present confirmed plans on upgrading the day by day frequency of the Chennai-Kochi route.

Flying between Chennai and Mumbai

Becoming a member of in on the only day by day flight frequency from Chennai could be India’s monetary capital, Mumbai. Ranging from September fifteenth, Akasa Air will start flight providers on the Chennai-Mumbai route and in addition supply about 2,646 seats weekly.

Flight quantity Departure time Arrival time
QP 1305 (MAA – BOM) 20:50 22:45
QP 1304 (BOM – MAA) 18:10 19:55

Much like the Chennai-Kochi route, there doesn’t appear to be any present plans for a frequency improve for the Chennai-Mumbai route. Nonetheless, given how new Chennai is on the airline’s route community, the present schedules are certainly spectacular.

Spectacular for a month-old startup airline, but in addition as a result of Akasa Air’s presence in Chennai would considerably enhance plane motion and passenger site visitors at Chennai Worldwide Airport, as emphasised by the Airports Authority of India (AAI):

“As we welcome extra airways like Akasa Air who’re commencing operations in Chennai, now we have moved from the sixth busiest airport to the fifth place. We’re engaged on methods to maneuver up additional within the coming months and can present all doable necessities for airways who need to begin or increase from right here.”

Rising its pan-India presence

The speedy enlargement of cities, frequencies, and routes, and the quick progress of its fleet have been according to Akasa Air’s imaginative and prescient of adopting a phased, however fast strategy to community progress throughout the nation, because it goals to place itself as a big low-cost provider throughout the extremely aggressive Indian aviation trade. And although its progress has been constructive up to now, the funds provider will nonetheless face a steep uphill climb with reference to yield.

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Although the expansions will assist in selling income era, however the discontinuation in fare caps will solely guarantee steady fare wars between India’s low-cost carriers, which might finally show to be financially disadvantageous for Akasa Air. Paired with the unlucky passing of its largest investor, Akasa Air may quickly wrestle if it continues to increase any quicker with out having the right yield.

Supply: Livemint