While Covid saw the death of a number of airlines worldwide, the Indian airline industry not only survived the pandemic but marked the birth of a new carrier as billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's Akasa Air debuted on Sunday with a maiden flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad.
The one hour and fifteen minute long Mumbai-Ahmedabad route has now emerged as the most popular debut route for domestic carriers. Prior to this, GoAir had launched its flights on this route in November 2005 and before that in May 1993 Jet Airways flew its first flight as an air taxi operator on the same route. Goa and Ahmedabad are the top two non-metro routes out of Mumbai.
Akasa Air will offer 28 weekly flights between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. From August 13, the airline will operate an additional 28 weekly flights between Bengaluru and Kochi. With this, the airline will be operating 56 weekly flights within ten day of launch of operations, the airline had said in an earlier statement. With a fleet induction plan of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft each month, the airline said it was looking to focus on routes from metro to tier 2 and 3 destinations.
“The fleet size will be raised to 18 aircrafts by the end of March 2023. Over the next four year, the airline will add 54 aircrafts,” said the airline in a press statement