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Akasa Air adds Varanasi to its growing network

Akasa Air is adding Varanasi to its growing network. Varanasi will be the airline’s second destination in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after Lucknow and 14th overall destination.

Bengaluru-Varanasi

Starting 18th February 2023, Akasa Air will operate a daily flight between Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport with the following schedule:

  • Bengaluru-Varanasi
  • Departure time: 12:30
  • Arrival time: 15:00
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1421
  • Frequency: Daily

  • Varanasi-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 15:40
  • Arrival time: 18:05
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1422
  • Frequency: Daily

As of 1st March 2023, the airline will operate an additional daily flight between the two cities. QP1421/1422 will shift to a morning departure and the additional flight – QP1423/1424 – will operate in the evening.

Akasa flight QP1422 from Varanasi to Bengaluru will further be connected to Goa, meaning passengers will not need to change aircraft in Bengaluru and travel easily between Varanasi and Goa. The same will be applicable for flight QP1423 from Goa to Varanasi via Bengaluru.

As of 1st March 2023, all the flights between these three cities will run with the following schedules:

  • Bengaluru-Varanasi
  • Departure time: 05:35
  • Arrival time: 08:15
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1421
  • Frequency: Daily

  • Varanasi-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 09:05
  • Arrival time: 11:40
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1422
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Bengaluru-Goa
  • Departure time: 12:30
  • Arrival time: 13:35
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1422
  • Frequency: Daily

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  • Goa-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 14:15
  • Arrival time: 15:25
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1423
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Bengaluru-Varanasi
  • Departure time: 16:10
  • Arrival time: 18:40
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1423
  • Frequency: Daily

  • Varanasi-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 19:20
  • Arrival time: 21:45
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: QP1424
  • Frequency: Daily

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

We are delighted to strengthen our nation-wide connectivity and announce our second destination in Uttar Pradesh with Varanasi. This is the 14th destination on our fast-expanding network. The city is a popular cultural hub of India and a place of pilgrimage for many devotees. Passengers from Bengaluru to Varanasi and Goa will soon be able to experience our warm and efficient customer experience backed by the most affordable fares in the country.

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

Growing rapidly

Within seven months of operations, Akasa Air has added fourteen destinations to its network. Since its launch in August 2022, the low-cost carrier has carried over 1 million revenue passengers and crossed the milestone of operating over 575 weekly flights with an announced network of 21 unique routes.

Varanasi-Bengaluru-Goa and vice versa will be the second route in which Akasa Air will provide “through” flights, meaning passengers will not need to get off the aircraft in Bengaluru. The first route where it offered through flights was Bengaluru-Guwahati-Agartala and vice versa.

Bengaluru is Akasa’s most connected hub, with the airline overtaking Vistara and taking the third spot in terms of number of daily departures in January 2023.

Varanasi is mainly a tourist hub because of its religious importance. From Bengaluru, the airline will face competition of IndiGo and GoFirst. The former operates twice-daily flights while the latter operates a daily flight on the route. Akasa’s twice-daily flight means it will match that of IndiGo’s but the latter’s capacity will still be higher as it deploys 222/232 seater Airbus A321neos on one of its two daily flights.

Meanwhile, Akasa Air recently started flights to Hyderabad from Goa and Bengaluru.

Featured image by Akasa Air

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