Akasa Air is planning to hire 110 new pilots in the near future and aims to enhance their flight connections by 30-35% by the end of the current financial year. This strategy is a response to the sudden departure of pilots over recent months, which had a negative impact on their flight operations. In August, the rate of flight cancellations reached 1.17%, but this improved to 0.37% in September, as reported by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Akasa Air temporarily stopped its Bengaluru-Chennai flight services in June as part of a "network optimization process." The airline has also temporarily reduced its flights between Bengaluru and Hyderabad due to a shortage of pilots following a wave of sudden resignations.
According to industry sources, mass hiring by other airline companies – who are expanding operations after placing orders for aircrafts worth billions of dollars – led to the abrupt resignation of Akasa Air pilots.
As per a statement from the airline, Akasa Air presently has more than 450 pilots and a fleet of 20 aircraft. Furthermore, the airline has received commitments from 110 additional pilots who are in different stages of their notice periods and will join the company once those periods are completed