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Goa’s new MOPA Airport gets its 3rd domestic airline in the form of Akasa Air

Akasa Air, the newest low-cost carrier in India, has announced Goa as its 12th destination. The airline will launch flights to the hottest beach holiday destination in India next year in January.

Akasa to Goa!

Starting 11th January 2023, Akasa Air will operate twice-daily flights between Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and New Goa Manohar International Airport. On the same day, the airline will begin flights between Goa’s new airport and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. All of these flights will operate daily. The aircraft will be based in Bengaluru and will operate the following rotation: BLR-GOX-BOM-GOX-BLR-GOX-BLR (BLR – Bengaluru, GOX – Goa and BOM – Mumbai).

The schedule of the flights is as follows:

  • Bengaluru-Goa
  • Departure time: 10:00
  • Arrival time: 11:10
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1392

  • Goa-Mumbai
  • Departure time: 11:50
  • Arrival time: 13:55
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1393

  • Mumbai-Goa
  • Departure time: 17:35
  • Arrival time: 18:50
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1396

  • Goa-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 20:05
  • Arrival time: 21:30
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1397

  • Bengaluru-Goa
  • Departure time: 20:35
  • Arrival time: 21:50
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1398

  • Goa-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 22:25
  • Arrival time: 23:30
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1399

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As of 12th January 2023, the airline will operate an additional flight between Mumbai and Goa with the following schedule:

  • Mumbai-Goa
  • Departure time: 14:00
  • Arrival time: 15:05
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1394

  • Goa-Mumbai
  • Departure time: 15:45
  • Arrival time: 16:55
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1395

Eventually (as of 12th January 2023), the aircraft will operate the following rotation: BLR-GOX-BOM-GOX-BOM-GOX-BLR-GOX-BLR

Finally, on 1st February 2023, Akasa will add an additional morning frequency between Bengaluru and Goa which will operate using the following schedule:

  • Bengaluru-Goa
  • Departure time: 05:55
  • Arrival time: 07:15
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1390

  • Goa-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 07:55
  • Arrival time: 09:15
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1391

All of these flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing B737MAX-8 aircraft.

We are pleased to announce our 12th destination, Goa with flights from New Goa Manohar International Airport (Mopa), one of the newest airports that was inaugurated by our Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi-ji on December 11, 2022. We are really excited to connect Goa with two of our strong metro cities in the South and West, Bengaluru & Mumbai. We launch Goa with five daily departures connecting to Bengaluru and Mumbai. The city of beaches, Goa, has played a significant role in putting Indian tourism on the global map and is one of the most popular tourist destinations within India, all year round. It has also emerged as a manufacturing base for several leading companies, that constantly require greater connectivity to metro cities. The commencement of this route will enable us to enhance connectivity between these cities while offering our signature warm and efficient service to our passengers. Our operations from the city will cater to business and leisure travellers who are on the lookout for convenient and affordable flying options.

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

Akasa’s fleet is now 10-aircraft strong. The carrier has flown over 5 lakh revenue passengers in less than six months from the start of its operations. By end-December 2022, the airline expects to cross over 500 weekly flights and has announced a total of 18 unique routes across 12 cities, namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Agartala, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Lucknow, and Goa.

MOPA’s third airline

Akasa will be the third airline at the new airport and will be the only airline operating only at the new airport in Goa.

As for the passenger experience, this is great. The MOPA Airport looks great from the photos I have seen on the internet. It’s great to know that Akasa is chosen the new airport over the older one. This will significantly enhance the passenger experience. Travellers will also have one more reason to choose Akasa over its competitors.

The GMR-group operated New Goa Manohar International Airport will commence operations on 5th January 2022 when IndiGo arrives at the airport with 12 daily flights. On the same day, GoFirst will also start operating at the new airport. Both of these airlines will ooperate simultaneously at the new and old airports of Goa.

Akasa is making its entry in Goa at the right time as the new airport is yet to start operations and the airline can greatly benefit from this. Akasa can get hold on those crucial peak hour slots at MOPA Airport, both from business and leisure travellers’ perspective. Also, the airline will have the chance to deepen its partnership with the GMR group, which also operates New Delhi’s and Hyderabad’s airport.

Meanwhile, Akasa Air recently announced Lucknow as its 11th destination with flights starting from 25th December 2022.

Featured image by Akasa Air

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