Akasa Air expands its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Indian airline Akasa Air commenced operations from Riyadh, connecting it to Mumbai with daily direct flights.

The inaugural flight on 15th June 2024 departed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai at 2220hrs IST and arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh at 0015hrs AST.

Riyadh is the second destination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be included in Akasa Air’s network and strengthens the airline’s presence in the region, providing reliable, affordable, and enhanced options for air travel on the route.

As a rapidly growing financial centre, Riyadh has been witnessing a consistent uptick in business and MICE travellers from around the globe.

The dynamic city offers a blend of ultra-modern and medieval architecture and is also emerging as an attractive destination for leisure tourists and culture enthusiasts.

The maiden flight received a warm welcome at King Khalid International Airport where its arrival was graced by in the presence of the leadership teams of Akasa Air and King Khalid International Airport to commemorate the occasion.

Neelu Khatri, Co-Founder and SVP International, Akasa Air, said: “We are pleased to commence operations from Riyadh, our third international destination on our rapidly growing international network.

“The city’s flourishing trade prospects and dynamic tourist attractions have made it an increasingly popular destination for a variety of Indian travellers.

“The Government of Saudi Arabia’s forward-looking strategy to enhance the nation’s global air connectivity will further bolster air travel demand to and from the region in the coming years.

“We are thankful to King Khalid International Airport for their support in establishing this connection,” she added.

Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, further shared: “We are delighted to strengthen our presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the commencement of services to Riyadh.

“The city holds immense potential as a tourist destination, and the launch of daily direct flights, connecting the city with Mumbai will enhance passenger and cargo capacity on the route, catering to the growing demand for trade and tourism.

“Akasa Air has emerged as India’s most reliable airline in a short time.

“As we rapidly grow our global presence, we remain committed to taking the dependable and affordable Akasa experience to the world.”

Belson Coutinho, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing and Experience Officer, Akasa Air, added: “We are excited to extend the signature Akasa experience to Riyadh, our third international destination.

“At Akasa Air, service excellence is in our DNA, and we have progressively introduced multiple customer-friendly offerings to ensure a warm and efficient flying experience.

“We are confident that travellers on the route will appreciate the distinguished and diverse culinary options with our onboard meal service Café Akasa, and the 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.

“Offerings like Skyscore by Akasa and QuietFlights will further elevate the inflight experience of our passengers.

“Moreover, travellers who wish to explore Riyadh can choose to plan their travel with Akasa Holidays which offers customisable and all-inclusive holiday packages at affordable prices.

“Our category-redefining offerings have set new standards for air travel in India. As we expand our global footprint, we look forward to hosting an increasing number of travellers from across the world,”