Akasa Air on Saturday commenced its operations on the Chennai-Bengaluru route making the State capital the fifth city on its network, the airliner said.

Besides launching two daily flights on the Chennai-Bengaluru sector, the airline also plans to launch services on the Chennai-Kochi with effect from September 26.

"Further expanding its operations from Chennai, the airline will commence one additional daily daily flight from September 15 on the Mumbai-Chennai route and will add an additional daily flight on the Bengaluru-Chennai route from September 26," a company statement said.

"We have achieved yet another milestone today with the launch of commercial flights from Chennai, which is the fifth city in our network." company co-founder Praveen Iyer said.

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"From today, we will offer double-daily flights in each direction on this new route," Iyer who is also the chief commercial officer said.

The airline said strengtheniing its pan-India network connectivity, the airline would also add a new route between Chennai and Kochi from September 26.

These rapid expansion of cities, routes, and frequencies are in line with the airlines vision of adopting a phased but rapid approach to grow the network across the country, the statement said.

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