Akasa Air commences operations in Uttar Pradesh, announces Lucknow as the 11th destination on its network
Connects Lucknow to Bengaluru and Mumbai with daily flights starting December 25, 2022
Augments its network with additional flights on the Bengaluru-Kochi route
Airline expects to cross the milestone of 500 weekly departures by December 2022-end
National, 06 December 2022: Akasa Air, India’s youngest airline, today announced its entry into Uttar Pradesh with the addition of Lucknow as the eleventh destination to join the airline’s fast-growing network. The airline will be offering daily flights on the Lucknow-Bengaluru route and Lucknow-Mumbai route, starting from December 2022.
In line with its vision of establishing a strong pan-India presence focusing on the metro to tier 2 & 3 route connectivity, the airline is also enhancing connectivity between Bengaluru and Kochi by adding a third daily frequency on the route starting December 29, 2022. With this development, the airline will operate 26 daily flight departures from Bengaluru.
Commenting on the announcement, Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Akasa Air, said, “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.”
Akasa Air, which commenced operations in August, has been progressively scaling up its operations and by December end expects to cross over 500 weekly flights on a total of sixteen routes across eleven cities - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Agartala, Pune, Visakhapatnam, and Lucknow. It will continue to grow its network to establish a strong pan-India presence with a focus on metro to tier 2 & 3 route connectivity, using a fleet expansion plan that adds one new aircraft every 15 days. Akasa Air’s fleet size will be 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023 and over the next four years, the airline will add 54 additional aircraft, taking its total fleet size to 72 aircraft.
About Akasa Air
Akasa Air is India’s newest and most dependable airline, offering warm and efficient customer service, reliable operations, and affordable fares - all in the Akasa Way. Akasa’s youthful personality, employee-centric philosophy, tech-led approach, and culture of service will make this commitment a reality for all Indians. The carrier launched its first commercial flight on 07 August 2022 to support the growing demand across India.
With a commitment to being socially responsible, Akasa Air has placed a firm order of 72 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, powered by CFM fuel efficient, LEAP-1B engines. The 737 MAX family aircraft deliver superior efficiency in reducing fuel use and carbon emissions, fulfilling the airline's promise of being an environmentally friendly company with the youngest and greenest fleet in the Indian skies.