Akasa Air, India’s fastest-growing airline commences operations from Port Blair, the capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, operating daily through flights between Bengaluru and Port Blair via Chennai, with no change of aircraft required. The inaugural flight on 15 December 2023 departed Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair at 10:35 am arriving at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru at 14:50hrs, with a stop at Chennai International Airport in Chennai at 13:00hrs. These strategically planned routes will enhance connectivity between the tourist hub and two major routes
Travel demand to Andaman and Nicobar Islands has seen major uptick in the past decade. With commencement of flights, Akasa Air will offer enhanced accessibility and affordable connectivity to the islands, in line with the government’s efforts to bolster trade and tourism in the region.
Commenting on the announcement, Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Akasa Air, said, “Port Blair serves as a gateway to pristine islands that attract a growing number of vacationers every year, and we are pleased to fortify connectivity to the region with daily flights from Chennai and Bengaluru. This addition to our network is a testimony of our commitment to strengthening the country’s transportation system and providing increased accessibility for all Indians. As we continue expanding our network, we continue to strive to deliver affordable and seamless flying experiences to our passengers”
Commenting on the announcement, Belson Coutinho, Co-Founder, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, Akasa Air said, “We are excited to bring the Akasa experience to Port Blair, one of the most exotic holiday destinations in the country. Akasa Air is committed to offer a distinguished flying experience to its customers including multiple industry-first, customer-friendly products, and services such as Café Akasa, and Pets on Akasa. We look forward to hosting travellers from across the country and providing them with a memorable journey onboard.”
Akasa Air has introduced multiple best-in-class products and services to ensure an inclusive, warm, comfortable, and efficient flying experience. The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft seats provide ample legroom and come with USB ports in a majority of aircraft, allowing passengers to charge their gadgets and devices on the go. Café Akasa, the airline’s onboard meal service offers an assortment of healthy and delectable meals, including festive menus and industry-first options such as Kombucha, to offer customers an indulgent gourmet experience in the skies. Pets on Akasa allows customers to travel with their pets in the cabin or carry them in cargo based on their size. In addition, in an endeavour to make travel inclusive, Akasa Air has introduced its safety instruction card and onboard menu card in Braille for persons with visual impairment.
Since its launch in August 2022, Akasa Air has served over 6.3 million passengers and connects with 17 cities across India, namely Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Guwahati, Agartala, Pune, Lucknow, Goa, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Bagdogra, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Port Blair. Bookings for flights on Akasa Air are available on its website – www.akasaair.com, Android & IOS app as well as through travel agents and several OTAs across the country.