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Akasa Air to add Delhi to its network as its sixth destination

Akasa Air has announced the addition of Delhi to its network. Delhi will be the sixth destination in Akasa’s network after Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Chennai.

Starting 7th October 2022, Akasa Air will operate flights between Delhi and Bengaluru, from Delhi to Ahmedabad and an additional flight from Ahmedabad to Bengaluru.

The flights on Delhi-Bengaluru-Delhi route will run with the following schedule:

  • Delhi-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 11:40
  • Arrival time: 14:25
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1335
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Bengaluru-Delhi
  • Departure time: 15:45
  • Arrival time: 18:30
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1336
  • Frequency: Daily

The flights on Delhi-Ahmedabad-Delhi route will run with the following schedule:

  • Delhi-Ahmedabad
  • Departure time: 19:20
  • Arrival time: 20:55
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1334
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Ahmedabad-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 21:55
  • Arrival time: 00:10 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1332
  • Frequency: Daily

Starting 8th October 2022, Akasa Air will operate a daily flight from Ahmedabad to Delhi & an additional flight from Bengaluru to Ahmedabad.

The timings of these flights are:

  • Ahmedabad-Delhi
  • Departure time: 09:10
  • Arrival time: 10:55
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1333
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Bengaluru-Ahmedabad
  • Departure time: 06:20
  • Arrival time: 08:35
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1333
  • Frequency: Daily

Flights will be operated by Boeing B737MAX-8 aircraft featuring 189 standard Economy Class seats.

Elated to have added our national capital, New Delhi, to our fast-growing network. With our fifth aircraft coming into operations shortly, we will achieve the milestone of 250 flights per week soon. Apart from flights between Delhi and Bengaluru, we further augment our network between Bengaluru and Ahmedabad by adding the 2nd frequency between this route. In addition, we also announce another new route, Delhi – Ahmedabad – Delhi with very convenient timings, all effective 7th October. As Indian air travelers continue to return to travel in promising numbers, Delhi has been witnessing significant revival in passenger traffic. We look forward to catering to the growing demand and continue adding more destinations on our network.

said Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder, and Chief Commercial Officer, Akasa Air.

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Akasa Air has been aggressively scaling up its operations and will have crossed 250 flights per week by 10th October 2022, along a total of 9 routes. With a fleet expansion plan that adds one new aircraft every 15 days, the airline will soon put its fifth aircraft into operation.

Finally Delhi has been added!

Since the airline announced its initial routes, many have been wondering why Delhi has not been included in Akasa’s network. The airline started with four destinations: Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Kochi. Last week, the carrier added Chennai to its network as its fifth destination. This means that Akasa already has a strong presence in Southern India, with three big metros – Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi – included in its network while Mumbai and Ahmedabad are the two cities in the airline’s network in Western India.

Until now, Akasa had been absent from North or East India. While Delhi has been added in the North Indian network, East India still remains absent from Akasa’s network. Of course, over time, when more and more aircraft are added in the carrier’s fleet, Akasa can diversify its network.

Adding Delhi to its network is a crucial step as Delhi remains the largest domestic market in India and having a fair share of market share there is important! Obviously, adding flights from Delhi to Ahmedabad & Bengaluru is just be the first step as long as Delhi as a market is concerned for Akasa Air.

Interestingly, Akasa Air still remains absent from the busiest air route in India – Delhi to Mumbai. However, it will make an entry in the second busiest air route in India, i.e. Delhi to Bengaluru.

Delhi to Mumbai is predominantly a business route where continuously adding capacity is important, as having the most frequencies on these type of routes is the key to sustain. All this will be possible when Akasa has enough aircraft for these type of routes. Akasa says that it will have 18 aircraft in its fleet by March 2023 and by then.

Executives at Akasa Air have been saying from the start that the airline will focus on metro to tier-2 and tier-3 connectivity. This can be possible by having a significant presence in metro cities and it seems that the airline is doing just that. Once the airline builds up a significant presence at metros, it can then look to launch flights to tier-2 and tier-3 cities.

Meanwhile, Akasa Air recently launched flights between Bengaluru and Chennai.

Featured image by Akasa Air

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