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Akasa Air to start service to Lucknow

Akasa Air has announced that it will soon start service to Lucknow, marking the airline’s entry in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow will be Akasa’s 11th destination overall.

Entry in Uttar Pradesh!

Starting 25th December 2022, Akasa Air will fly daily from Mumbai & Bengaluru to Lucknow. The Bengaluru-Lucknow-Bengaluru route will operate with the following schedule:

  • Bengaluru-Lucknow
  • Departure time: 07:40
  • Arrival time: 10:15
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1360
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Lucknow-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 16:30
  • Arrival time: 19:05
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1361
  • Frequency: Daily

The Lucknow-Mumbai-Lucknow route will operate with the following schedule:

  • Lucknow-Mumbai
  • Departure time: 11:00
  • Arrival time: 13:05
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1122
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Mumbai-Lucknow
  • Departure time: 13:50
  • Arrival time: 15:50
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • Flight number: QP1123
  • Frequency: Daily

The flights will be operated by Akasa’s Boeing B737MAX aircraft. The aircraft that will operate these routes will be based in Bengaluru.

As India’s fastest growing airline we are pleased to launch our 11th destination Lucknow with daily flights connecting Lucknow-Bengaluru and Lucknow-Mumbai starting December 25, 2022. Lucknow is renowned for its rich culture, architecture, and cuisine while being an established textile and an emerging automobile hub. Connecting this state capital with the key centres of Mumbai and Bengaluru is another extension of our efforts to boost the country’s economy by strengthening its important transportation linkages and is in line with our objective to add new flights every 2-3 weeks. In addition to this, we are augmenting our presence on the Bengaluru-Kochi route by adding a frequency in the evening, in response to the strong demand for flights connecting the two cities.

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

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On Bengaluru-Lucknow route, Akasa will face competition from the market leader IndiGo in addition to GoFirst and Air Asia India, making Akasa the fourth airline on the route.

The Mumbai-Lucknow route is more competitive with four airlines – Air India, IndiGo, Air Asia India and GoFirst – currently serving the route. This will make Akasa the fifth airline operating in the route.

Augmenting Bengaluru-Kochi route

As of 29th December 2022, the airline will operate one more flight on Bengaluru-Kochi route. This will mean that Akasa will fly 3-times daily between the two South Indian cities.

With the addition of this flight from Bengaluru, the airline will operate 26 daily flights from India’s Silicon Valley.

Expanding fast!

Akasa Air commenced operations on 7th August 2022 with four initial destinations – Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Kochi. Since then, the airline has added six more destinations – Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Agartala, Pune and Visakhapatnam – to its network. Lucknow will be Akasa’s 11th destination.

Akasa has been focusing on expanding its Bengaluru and Mumbai hubs. From Bengaluru, the airline serves each and every destination mentioned above. On the other hand, the carrier flies to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi.

Before end of the year, Akasa expects to have 500-weekly departures, thus (hopefully) ending the year on a high! Also, it remains to be seen when Akasa announces an actual “Tier-III” destination, something which the airline has been talking from the very beginning.

Meanwhile, on 10th December 2022, Akasa started serving Visakhapatnam, its 10th destination in India and the first in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Featured image by Akasa Air

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