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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.
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.
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 was on the business traveler, and flew between Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. Some of its Indian domestic flight destinations include Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi (Cochin), Hyderabad and Madurai. Paramount was grounded in 2010, however plans to re-start the airline have been aired regularly through 2013.
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.
Currently Jet Airways is the only airline offering Indian air passes. The offer from Jet has a marginal saving if you fly to India on Jet.
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