Akasa to operate flights to Jeddah (from Mumbai and Ahmedabad)

Akasa Air was all set to launch its international operations with the addition of the 20th aircraft in 2023, which has to be the quickest launch for an airline internationally. Earlier, one needed to have five years of operations and 20 aircraft in their fleet to be eligible for International operations; however, the guidelines now only require the airline to have 20 aircraft. Akasa closed 2023 with a fleet of 22 aircraft, just 17 months after launching operations.

The airline eventually launched its first international route in March 2024, when the schedule flipped. The first route on which Akasa operates is between Mumbai and Doha, four times a week.

Akasa to operate flights between Mumbai and Jeddah (effective July 15, 2024).

While Akasa has not announced the launch of its flights to Jeddah officially, the airline has started taking reservations for flights to Jeddah effective July 15, 2024.

From July 15, the airline will launch daily flights between Mumbai and Jeddah. The first (daily) flight will operate per the following timings, with a Boeing 737-8 aircraft.

QP561 BOM 19:35-22:25 JED
QP562 JED 23:55-07:25 BOM (+1)

From July 21, the airline will launch the second flight between Mumbai and Jeddah, to be operate five times a week. The second flight will be operated every day except Wednesday and Saturday. Here are the timings of the second flight, to be operated with a Boeing 737-8 aircraft.

QP559 BOM 17:40-20:30 JED
QP560 JED 21:30-05:10 BOM (+1)

Reservations are already open on Akasa’s website.

a screenshot of a flight schedule

Akasa to operate flights between Ahmedabad and Jeddah (effective July 20, 2024).

For the two days that Akasa will not operate Mumbai – Jeddah flights, it will operate flights between Ahmedabad and Jeddah, effective July 20, 2024. The timings of this flight will be exactly the same to arrive and depart from Jeddah (basically using the same slot pair assigned to the airline). Here are the timings of the flight.

QP563 AMD 17:40-20:30 JED
QP564 JED 21:30-04:55 AMD (+1)

Again, reservations are open for this flight as well.

screenshot of a flight scheduleOther international operations for Akasa Air will include Kuwait and Riyadh, where Akasa already holds the rights to launch operations.


Akasa launched international operations on March 28, 2024, with its first flight between Mumbai and Doha, Qatar. The airline will now launch flights to Jeddah as its second international station. 12X weekly flights between Mumbai and Jeddah will launch on July 15, 2024. 2X weekly flights between Ahmedabad and Jeddah will launch on July 20, 2024. Flights to Riyadh and Kuwait should be next to be announced.

What do you make of Akasa’s gradual scale up for international operations?

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