Akasa Air: Doha as first international destination

India's Akasa Air Boeing 737 MAX.
Photo Credit: Akasa Air.

Rapidly growing Indian carrier Akasa Air, has marked a milestone in its growth trajectory will the announcement of its first international operation.

The carrier has confirmed its plans to commence international operations, with Doha, the capital of Qatar, being the first destination added to its route network.

As well as marking a first for the relatively new Indian carrier, the move is also set to further enhance air connectivity between Mumbai and Doha.

Details of International Operations

Starting from March 28, 2024, Akasa Air will operate four non-stop flights per week between Mumbai and Doha.

The airline has now commenced bookings for these flights through various channels, including its website, mobile apps, and leading online travel agencies, with return fares starting at an attractive price of INR 29,012.

What makes this announcement even more remarkable is that Akasa Air has achieved the feat of venturing into international operations within a record time of just 19 months since its inception.

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This accomplishment underscores the airline’s agility, vision, and commitment to growth in the fiercely competitive aviation industry.

Since its launch in August 2022, Akasa Air has now served over 7.75 million passengers domestically and currently connects with 21 cities.

An Akasa Air Boeing 737-8-200 parked at dusk.
Photo Credit: Akasa Air

About Doha

Doha, the capital city and commercial hub of Qatar, holds immense significance as a destination for both business and leisure travelers.

Renowned for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant modernity, Doha attracts visitors from around the world throughout the year. Akasa Air’s decision to connect Mumbai with Doha not only facilitates trade and tourism but also opens up new avenues for cultural exchange and exploration.

Comments from Akasa Air CEO

Vinay Dube, the Founder and CEO of Akasa Air, expressed his delight at the launch of international operations, emphasizing the airline’s commitment to enhancing connectivity and fostering bilateral ties between India and Qatar.

“We are delighted to announce our international operations with the launch of our first destination – Doha, to our growing network,” he said.

“We are proud of our remarkable growth since inception, which is also a testimony of the sheer potential of the Indian aviation industry. Our foray into Qatar marks the next phase of growth as we continue our journey towards becoming one of the world’s top 30 airlines by the turn of this decade”, he added.

Future Expansion Plans

Dube highlighted Akasa Air’s core values of reliability, service excellence, and safety, underscoring the airline’s rapid growth trajectory and ambitious vision for the future.

Looking ahead, Akasa Air is poised to further expand its global footprint and strengthen its position as a leading player in the aviation industry.

The airline remains dedicated to its stated purpose of connecting people, places, and cultures, with plans to introduce further routes and destinations in the coming months.

Alignment with Qatar Tourism Strategy 2030

Akasa Air’s foray into international operations aligns seamlessly with Qatar’s tourism strategy, which aims to position the country as the fastest-growing tourism destination in the Middle East by 2030.

By offering convenient and direct travel options, Akasa Air contributes to realizing Qatar’s tourism ambitions while boosting travel options for both nations.

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