India’s latest airline, billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa, takes flight


India’s latest airline – Akasa Air – took flight on Sunday on the lucrative Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. The airline, funded mainly by billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, is expected to add more sectors this month, including Bengaluru in Karnataka and Kochi in Kerala. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia and junior minister General Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd) inaugurated Akasa’s flight operations on Sunday.

In its initial run, Akasa Air (airline code QP), will offer 28 flights per week between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. On August 13, it will add 28 weekly flights between Bengaluru and Kochi. The airline has begun issuing tickets for the new routes.

Vinay Dube, founder and chief executive officer, Akasa Air, said, “We are extremely excited to finally be able to offer up our flights for sale. We are also excited to reveal our product which promises to be unlike anything experienced in the category thus far. With Akasa employees providing warm and efficient customer service, a reliable and dependable network, and affordable fares – we look forward to serving our customers with a flying experience that I am sure they will find delightful.”

“Akasa Air’s network strategy is focused on establishing a strong pan-India presence and providing linkages from metro to tier 2 and tier 3 cities across the country,” Praveen Iyer, Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Akasa Air, said.

The airline had received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in July from the civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). An AOC is the final step of DGCA’s rigorous process of regulatory and compliance requirements for an airline’s operational readiness.