Indian Startup Expands Launch Network


Akasa Air has added a fifth destination ahead of starting commercial operations on Aug. 7.

Chennai will become the fifth point to be served by India’s newest airline Akasa Air, in addition to the existing destinations of Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, and Mumbai.

The startup plans to operate daily flights between Mumbai (BOM)-Chennai (MAA) from Sept. 15—an already competitive sector that is served by five other carriers.

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According to OAG Schedules Analyser data for the week commencing Aug. 1, Air India flies 14X-weekly; Go First 6X-weekly; IndiGo 58X-weekly; SpiceJet 8X-weekly and Vistara 28X-weekly.

In total there are 43,668 two-way weekly seats between Mumbai and Chennai currently available, compared with 57,064 at this time three years ago.

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In addition to the BOM-MAA route launch, Akasa Air has also announced that daily Ahmedabad (AMD)-Bengaluru (BLR) flights will start on Aug. 23.

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