All about domestic flights in India
By Kanbe. Created on Sep 15th, 2012. Last updated on Oct 5th, 2012.
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Airlines offering domestic flights in India
Air India and Indian Airlines
Air India is India’s national carrier, and after merging with Indian Airlines, is the only government owned airline in India offering domestic flights in India. Air India was initially founded in 1932 as Tata Airlines. Air India’s primary hubs in India are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
E-ticketing is available for all domestic India flight routes except those to/from Calicut, Lucknow and Goa Offers day fares and night fares (the latter being cheaper).
Air India offers youth discount of up to 25% off for those under 30 years of age, although you may have to call their offices if you want youth fares. They e-mail you a payment slip which needs to be filled in and faxed back plus with your passport id to verify your age.
Check-in baggage rules for domestic flights in India (per person): First Class: 40 Kgs, Executive Class: 35 Kgs, and Economy Class: 25 Kgs.
GoAir is another low-cost carrier, and is one of the newer airlines for Indian domestic flights, having been established in June 2004. It is based in Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
GoAir does not differentiate in fares between NRI, tourists, and residents, and flies between Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Coimbatore ad Goa. GoAir allows check-in bags up to 20 kg in weight on GoSmart & GoFlexi bookings and up to 35kg on GoBusiness (Rs 200/Kg for excess check-in luggage)
Indigo Air does not differentiate between NRI, tourist, and local fares for domestic Indian flight tickets. Indigo allows for free checked baggage up to 20Kg per adult, with fees of 200/Kg overage for domestic flights.
Jagson Airline, established in November 1991, is India’s first private airline. It is based primarily in Delhi. Jagson Airlines currently operates Delhi-Kullu and Delhi-Shimla routes, as well as Shirdi-Mumbai and Shirdi-Pune flights. Jagson airlines has offices in Mumbai, Shirdi, Manali, Kullu, Shimla, with good connects for the Delhi-Rajasthan sector
Jagson airlines does offer internet booking facilities for domestic Indian flight tickets through their online booking site.
Jet Airways is based in Mumbai, and offers over 370 daily flights across 44 domestic destinations. Jet Airways also operates numerous international flights to destinations like the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Thailand, and Nepal. Jet Airways became the first Indian carrier to offer internet check-in facilities for its passengers.
Jet Airways offers youth discount (25%) for those under 29 years of age, and Senior Citizen discounts for those 65 years and older. To get the discount rates for domestic flights in India, the airline requires you to fax over credit card as well as pass port ID details.
Check-in baggage rules for domestic India flights (per person): Economy - 25 kg, Premiere - 35 kg.
Kingfisher Airlines Limited is based in Bangalore, and was established in May 2005. It operates over 200 domestic Indian flights a day across 37 destinations in India. Its primary hub is in Bangalore International Airport.
Although Kingfisher only operates flights in India, the airline has plans to expand into the international market by adding the Unted States as a possible destination. Check-in baggage rules for domestic India flights: Kingfisher Class - 20 kg, Kingfigher First - 35 kg.
NOTE: As of October 4th, Kingfisher has announced that it doesn't plan to operate flights until Oct. 12, due to a strike by employees who haven't been paid since March. It is highly advisable to find alternate airlines to fly.
SpiceJet was voted the best low-cost carrier in Central Asia by SkyTrax in 2007. It is based in New Delhi, with its main hub in Mumbai and an additional hub in Ahmedabad. SpiceJet also offers service to Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Varanasi.
SpiceJet offers online booking services, and has no differentiation in fares between NRI, tourists, and locals. Check-in baggage rules for domestic flights in India: 20kg.
NOTE: For all airlines operating domestic flights in India, there is apparently no hand luggage abroad planes originating from Jammu, Leh and Srinagar. Only checked in luggage.
Airlines No Longer in Operation
Deccan, formerly known as Air Deccan, was India’s first low cost airline carrier. It was founded in August 2003, " with the vision to empower every Indian to fly by providing the lowest airfares and connectivity to unconnected towns and cities". Deccan was based in Bangalore, with another hub in Chennai.
Air Deccan was acquired by Kingfisher Airlines and then subsequently shut down in September 2011.
Indus Air (out of business)
Indus Air no longer exists as a carrier, having gone out of business s few months after its launch. It was originally based in Ghaziabad, with its main hub in Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. The airline started its domestic Indian flight operations in December 2006.
Indus Air was a regional carrier, and operated flights between Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Mumbai.
JetLite (formerly Air Sahara)
JetLite, formerly known as Air Sahara, was one of the older privately-owned airlines in India. It was founded in September, 1991, with bases in Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad, Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, Chennai International Airport in Chennai, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata.
Jet Lite closed down in March 2012 after a merger with Jet Konnect. Jet Konnect is a division of Jet Airways.
Paramount Airlines’ primary focus is on the business traveler, and flies between Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. Some of its Indian domestic flight destinations include Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi (Cochin), Hyderabad and Madurai.
It is based in Madurai India, with its primary hub located in Chennai International Airport. The airline started operating in October 2005. Click here for a schedule of Paramount Airways flights.
There is no differentiation in fares for domestic flights in India between NRI, tourists, and residents for Paramount Airlines. The airline also offers a booking facility through its Online Paramount Booking site.
Unlimited air travel
If you are on a tight schedule, and you are thinking of doing most of your traveling by air, here are some schemes available to NRI/tourists to help with your domestic India flights ticket.
- 7 days Visit India pass (Adult: USD 400) unlimited travel on domestic Indian flight sectors
- 7 days Regional Visit India Fare (Adult: USD 320) unlimited travel to destinations within specified regions (click here)
- 15/21 days Visit India pass (Adult: USD 630; 895 respectively) unlimited travel within the entire domestic Indian flight network
- Discover India – 7 Days pass (Adult: USD 400) maximum 7 coupons for travel on domestic sectors
- Discover India – 15 Days pass (Adult: USD 630)
- Discover India – 21 Days pass (Adult: USD 895)
- India Wonder Fare (7 days) – for those wanting to cover the major tourist attractions (Adult: USD 300 up to Sept 05; USD 320 from Oct 05) – unlimited travel within specified regions (click here)
- Super-Value Flier – 16 tickets (Rs 48, 000) on all Air Deccan sectors
- Super-Value Flier – 14 tickets (Rs 24, 000) on ATR routes
Booking domestic air tickets outside of India
Latest comments for All about domestic flights in India
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- Jan 2010
- Join Date:
- Sep 2011
Online check-in is not accepted. I completed online check-in for around 6 internal flights, and I had to queue to check-in everytime.
Arrive two hours before to cope with this and security / baggage checks.
Read this thread:
Check in times for domestic flights
- Join Date:
- Sep 2011
Jet Airways: HJR - VNS; and BOM - COK
Air India: VNS - DEL; and ATQ - DEL
Kingfisher (RIP): DEL - DED
I had checked baggege as well as cabin baggage for each sector. And not once did they accept my online boarding pass, although check-in staff knew that I had checked-in online, and issued me the same seats.