Akasa Air continues to expand its global footprint; adds Abu Dhabi to its network


Akasa Air expanded its global presence by adding Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, as the fourth international destination to its growing network. Starting 11th July 2024, Akasa Air will operate daily direct flights connecting Abu Dhabi with Mumbai, catering to the growing travel demand between India and the UAE, and further strengthening the air travel link between India and the Middle East.

Abu Dhabi is a unique city, renowned for its vibrant culture and immersive travel experiences brought to life by its signature hospitality which attracts leisure tourists from across the globe. As a global business hub with modern infrastructure, it also continues to be the preferred destination for trade and commerce in the Middle East.

Commenting on the announcement, Neelu Khatri, Co-Founder and SVP International, Akasa Air, said “We are pleased to add Abu Dhabi as the fourth international destination to our network. With its distinct tourist attractions and promising trade prospects, Abu Dhabi has emerged as a destination of choice for Indian leisure and business travellers, and the demand for air travel between the two countries continues to flourish.

The Abu Dhabi Government’s visionary roadmap under Tourism Strategy 2030 will further encourage tourism between India and UAE in the coming years.” Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer further shared, “We are delighted to expand our global footprint with the addition of Abu Dhabi to our network.

Abu Dhabi is known for its one-of-a-kind travel experiences, while being one of the fastest-growing markets for business. Our strategically designed network connecting Abu Dhabi with Mumbai with daily direct flights will cater to a wide range of Indian travellers, and enhanced connectivity between India and Abu Dhabi will also drive inbound leisure and business travel to the country”.

As we rapidly expand our footprint, we remain committed to our purpose of connecting people, places and cultures with reliable operations and affordable fares.”

Belson Coutinho, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing and Experience Officer, Akasa Air added “We are excited to extend the signature Akasa Experience to Abu Dhabi, our fourth international destination, known for its larger-than-life hospitality and immersive travel experiences. At Akasa Air, we have progressively introduced multiple customer-friendly offerings to ensure an inclusive, warm, and efficient flying experience. Travellers on the route can look forward to a unique culinary experience with our onboard meal service Café Akasa and a fresh in-cabin experience that offers enhanced comfort and ample legroom, backed by the signature service delivered by our crew on board and on the ground”.

Akasa Air forayed into international skies with the launch of operations to Doha, the capital of Qatar, on 28th March 2024. In May 2024, the airline announced operations from Jeddah and commenced operations from Riyadh in June 2024. The addition of Abu Dhabi to the airline’s network will further strengthen the airline’s presence in the Gulf region and provide impetus to Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Strategy 2030 which aims to increase visitors to 39.3 million by 2030. Akasa Air has also been granted traffic rights for two other international destinations namely Kuwait, and Medina, and will continue to rapidly expand its global presence in the coming months.