Akasa Air, which is backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and aviation veterans Aditya Ghosh and Vinay Dube, obtained its air operator certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on July 7.
Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia virtually announced Akasa Air’s first commercial flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad on Sunday. Akasa Air, which is backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and aviation veterans Aditya Ghosh and Vinay Dube, obtained its air operator certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on July 7.
Jhujhunwala, who was present at Mumbai airport, said in his speech, “I have to thank you (Scindia) because people are saying that India has a very, very bad bureaucracy but the cooperation that the Ministry of Civil Aviation brought us, it’s incredible. .”
Nowhere in the world has an airline been conceived and born in 12 months, he added. “Normally a child is born at 9 months, we would take 12 months. This would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” he noted.
After virtually canceling the flight, Scindia said it was indeed a “new dawn” for India’s civil aviation sector in more ways than one.
“The industry across the world has been going through a very tough time over the past two decades. Many black swan events have changed the fortunes of this industry globally,” he said. In India, it was a sector that once welcomed a plethora of new entrants, new entrepreneurs and new ideas. But over the past decade, it has witnessed the closure of many visionary airlines, he noted.
“Therefore, I say this is a new dawn in many ways for our sector in India,” he said. Scindia attributed the “democratization” of the civil aviation sector in the country to the foresight and vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Previously, this industry was seen as reserved for the elite. His dream, his vision – that a person wearing slippers could also fly on an airplane – has led to a transformation of this sector over the last eight years in terms affordability, accessibility and inclusion like we have never seen before,” he noted. “To this new environment, I welcome Akasa Air,” he said. .