India plane tickets & flights
Not just a country, but considered a subcontinent. Unique culture, rich history and diverse country both ethnically and religiously.
India is so rich in culture and sights that it could be a continent. It might as well be one, the Himalayas separate it from the rest of Asia and after the breakup of the ancient Gondwana continent (according to the Gondwana theory) it was indeed a separate continent surrounded by water.
As the Indian economy is on the rise, the air travel possibilities widen and the service providers diversify their offers.
Low cost airlines in India are also on the rise, but in this country they often use much larger aircraft than in Europe and the USA or Canada... India's low cost carriers will pack as many travelers in a single jet that it would equal the agglomeration on a London to New York regular airline flight on economy class.
If you travel to this country, then you will have to visit it thoroughly and therefore you will have to fly between its big cities... Kolkata (also called Calcutta), Mumbai (formerly called Bombay), Goa, Madras, etc.
Many of the big cities have their own airports, but due to poor infrastructure, there are even more big cities that need aerial gateways. Airports are developing and new ones will appear in several years for sure, until then you will have the option to fly between the big cities.
Delhi, Mumbai, Madras and Kolkata have the best airline connections with the rest of the World.
If you want to get in and out of India from Europe or North America, then the biggest airports in your way are Delhi and Mumbai. The latter one is more popular are
Airlines serving India
India has several large carriers that operate on internal routes and many of them will take you far away on other continents as well.
Hereunder are India's leading airlines and details about where they fly...
mainly on domestic routes, but serves several international routes to
neighbouring Asian countries, first of all.
Air India is a good place to search fore flights within India. It has the biggest coverage of the country. It is considered the biggest airline of India.
Foreign destinations: Kabul (Afghanistan), Malé (Maldives), Kathmandu (Nepal), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Yangon (Burma), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Bahrain, Kuwait (Kuwait), Muscat (Oman), Doha (Qatar), Dubai and Sharjah (United Arab Emirates).
Indian domestic routes serve: Port Blair, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar, Gaya, Patna, Chandigarh, Chhattisgargh, Delhi, Goa - Vasco da Gama, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jammu, Leh, Srinagar, Ranchi, Bengaluru/Bangalore, Mangalore, Cochin/Kochin, Calicut, Bhopal, Indore, Khajuraho, Aurangabad, Mumbai/Bombay, Nagpur, Pune, Imphal, Aizawl, Dimapur, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chennai/Madras, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Agartala, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kolkata/Calcutta, Siliguri.
Due to the entry of new aircraft into Air India's fleet, more destinations are expected to be added.
Air India Regional
Must not be confused with Air India!
Air India and Air India regional are 2 separate airlines. Air India Regional initially called Alliance Air and it was a low cost airline belonging to Indian Airlines. Following the merger between Indian Airlines and Air India, Alliance Air was rebranded as "Air India Regional" and is still held by the parent company Indian Airlines.
Delhi is the main hub of this airline.
It flies to: Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, North Lakhimpur, Silchar, Tezpur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Kulu, Bengaluru/Bangalore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Mumbai/Bombay, Nagpur, Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Dimapur, Pathnakot, Jaipur, Udaipur, Chennai/Madras, Agartala, Allahabad, Kanpur, Kolkata/Calcutta.
Low cost airlines based in Mumbai/Bombay operating domestic flights.
In late 2009 it had a small fleet of 8 airplanes and 10 orders. A total of 12 destinations were served, but more are expected to appear.
Flag carrier of India. A state-owned carrier based at Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport.
The main cities it connects are: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad.
Star Alliance membership is since 2010.
The airline must not be confused with Air India, an airline which has merged with Indian Airlines.
Domestic destinations are numerous and are mostly identical with those of Jet Airways and Air India presented lower on this page in details.
Foreign destinations of this airline include: Kabul, Malé, Kathmandu, Colombo, Myanmar/Burma, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE.
Low cost airline serving domestic routes.
Focuses on Ahmedabad, Bengaluru/Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and has a primary hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport near Delhi and has hubs near Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai.
Served cities include: Hyderabad, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Goa - Vasco da Gama, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bengaluru/Bangalore, Cochin/Kochin, Mumbai/Bombay, Nagpur, Pune, Imphal, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai/Madras, Agartala, Lucknow, Kolkata/Calcutta.
India's second largest airline, but it dominates the domestic routes.
Destinations in late 2009 were 65 and the fleet numbered 84 airplanes. New orders of machines will increase the fleet and thus the number of destinations served.
Mumbai is where the base and main hub of Jet Airways is located. Secondary hubs are near Delhi, Chennai and also at Brussels Airport.
Focuses on Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune.
Within India with this company you can fly to: Hyderabad, Rajamundry, Tirupati, Guwahati, Jorhat, Gaya, Patna, Chandigarh, Raipur, Diu, Delhi, Goa - Vasco da Gama, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Porbunder, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jammu, Leh, Srinagar, Bangalore, Mangalore, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, Indore, Khajuraho, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Imphal, Amritsar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Agartala, Lucknow, Siliguri, Kolkata.
On foreign routes the carrier operates to: Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Colombo, Kathmandu, Brussels, London, Toronto, New York and Newark..
Low cost airline owned by Jet Airways.
This airline was launched in mid 2009 only, it is a young air carrier with the 3 hubs (at Mumbai/Bombay, Delhi and Chennai/Madras), 6 focus cities (Bengaluru/Bangalore, Chennai/Madras, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata/Calcutta, Mumbai/Bombay).
The fleet is expected to become larger and thus the destinations will multiply.
In late 2009, the airline operated flights to: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru/Bangalore, Bhavnagar, Bhopal, Cochin/Kochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kolkata/Calcutta, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai/Bombay, Pune, Udaipur, Vadodara.
Formerly known as Air Sahara, JetLite is a scheduled flight-operating carrier based in Delhi.
Hubs are located at Mumbai/Bombay and Kolkata/Calcutta.
The destinations of JetLite are primarily domestic: Port Blair, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Patna, Raipur, Delhi, Goa - Vasco da Gama, Ahmedabad, Srinagar, Bengaluru/Bangalore, Kochi/Cochin, Kozhikode, Indore, Aurangabad, Mumbai/Bombay, Nagpur, Pune, Imphal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai/Madras, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Kolkata.
The only foreign city served (as of late 2009) was Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Very large Indian airline with excellent reputation earned from Skytrax. Kingfisher is one of the very few air carriers with 5 star rating.
The main hub is at Bangalore (now called rather Bengaluru).
Secondary hubs are at Delhi's and Mumbai's main airports.
The carrier focuses on the 5 cities of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune.
Kingfisher has code-sharing agreement with Jet Airways and an alliance with Hilton Hotels.
Destinations are served across India. In addition to them, Kingfisher Airlines also flies to Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and the UK.
The sheer number of destinations of this carrier reaches close to 8 dozen, therefore we recommend you to check their website out for the latest information.
Kingfisher might be a good option for you if you are searching for domestic flights in India. The very large majority of their destination are in India.
Low cost airline run by the Kingfisher Airlines parent company. Initially this carrier's name was Air Deccan.
The headquarters is in Bangalore.
In addition to a very large number (several dozen) of Indian domestic destinations, there are several Asian ones also served: Hong Kong, Colombo, Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, London.
Small airline serving primarily the business segment.
Based in Chennai, Paramount Airways serves Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Guwahati, Delhi, Goa - Vasco da Gama, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cochin, Trivandrum, Pune, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Agartala, Kolkata.
Important low cost airline based in India.
SpiceJet served 18 destinations within India in late 2009. Their number will increase as the airline is gathering profits and buying new aircraft.
SpiceJet was launched in 2005 and by 2008 it had already become India's second largest carrier of this type in terms of market share.
Skytrax has given the airline the "best low cost airline in South and Central Asia" rating in 2007.
Various other carriers
In late 2009 India was frequented by over 60 foreign airlines.
Just to name the most important ones: ANA, Aeroflot, Air Astana, Air Canada, Air France, Air Mauritius, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Continental Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, JAL, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar, Royal Jordanian Airlines Royal Nepal Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Virgin Atlantic, VARIG.
Most of the foreign carriers operate flights to Delhi, Mumbai. Some of them fly to other major cities.
Destinations, major airports in India
Ahmedabad Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
Amritsar Raja Sansi International Airport/Guru Ram Das International Airport
Bengaluru/Bangalore International Airport
Bikaner Nal Airport
Calicut International Airport/Karipur Airport (located in the Kerala state)
Chennai/Madras International Airport
Coimbatore International Airport
Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Indore Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport
Jaipur Airport/Sanganer Airport
Kochin Cochin International Airport/Kochin Nedumbassery Airport (located in the Kerala state)
Kolkata/Calcutta Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport/Kolkata Airport
Mangalore International Airport/Bajpe Airport
Mumbai/Bombay Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport/Sahar International Airport
Nagpur Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
Patna Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport
Port Blair Vir Savarkar Airport (located in the Andaman Islands)
Pune International Airport
Thiruvananthapuram Trivandrum International Airport (located in the Kerala state)
Udaipur Airport/Maharana Pratap Airport/Dabok Airport
Varanasi Airport/Babatpur Airport
Vasco da Gama Dabolim Airport (located in the Goa state)
Last modified/updated: November 20, 2009