Akasa set to start international flights from next month – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India’s youngest airline Akasa, which started flying in August 2022, will start international flights from next month. The low cost airline, which has got bilaterals for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, will have a four times weekly flight between Mumbai and Doha from March 28, 2024. Since the bilaterals for Dubai are fully used, Akasa does not have the clearance to fly there as of now.
“Akasa Air becomes the first Indian airline to fly overseas in a record period of 19 months since its inception,” the airline says. Akasa is the first airline to fly overseas under government’s relaxed 0/20 rule – which mandates an Indian carrier must have a fleet of at least 20 planes to fly abroad. The earlier rule was 5/20, which mandated an airline must have operated for at least five years, in addition to the unchanged fleet requirement of 20.
Akasa founder & CEO Vinay Dube said: “We are delighted to announce international operations with the launch of our first destination Doha to our growing network. The introduction of four flights a week, connecting directly with Mumbai, will cater to a diverse set of travellers from the two countries, facilitating tourism, commerce and strengthening bilateral ties.”

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