Friday, July 14, 2023

Akasa Air To Hire 800 Employees In Preparation For International Operations

Akasa Air has maintained for a long time that it won’t wait too long to start operating international flights. And it seems that it is preparing well to execute those plans, with its CEO recently commenting that the airline will hire hundreds of new employees to support its upcoming overseas operations. Akasa isn’t even a year old but has made significant strides in network and fleet expansion, and starting international flights seems like a logical next step.

Indian low-cost carrier Akasa Air plans to increase its workforce significantly as it gets ready to fly overseas in the near future. Its CEO Vinay Dube recently told Bloomberg that the airline plans to hire up to 800 new employees by the end of this financial year to support its expansion into international destinations.

Akasa operates a fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes, which means that it will look to fly to medium-haul international destinations. Dube said that the airline is planning to fly to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and other parts of South Asia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh with a single-class configuration.

The airline will compete with almost all major Indian as well as international carriers to woo customers for these highly-competitive markets. But given its success in the last year, and the rising demand for travel out of India, it is likely to attract passengers for its new services.

There is, however, one condition that Akasa Air has to meet before being allowed to start overseas flights. Government rules dictate that an airline must have a fleet of at least 20 aircraft before it can be granted permission to fly abroad.

Currently, Akasa has 19 Boeing 737 MAX planes, but it expects the delivery of its 20th plane soon. The airline is lucky that it operates at a time when the previous 5/20 rule is not in place anymore. Earlier, a new Indian airline was required to not only have a minimum of 20 planes in its fleet but also to operate domestically for five years before applying for overseas flights.

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