Over the last few years, the number of local and international travelers in India has increased dramatically which has led to large and substantial growth in domestic airlines in India. Due to the sheer size of India and the time it takes to reach a destination the access to such a large array and choice of airlines is welcomed. We are not saying that traveling via road and rail isn’t an option and a fantastic way to see and experience India but air travel can help you to arrive at major cities and those hard to reach places that can sometimes take days to arrive via more traditional transportation choices especially when you are pushed for time. Flying domestically today in India is not as cheap as it once was and prices fluctuate daily due to many factors including a hike in the price of fuel, some airlines facing near bankruptcy and popularity of many air routes during the holiday’s, however air travel is still affordable and very accessible.
The airline websites have details of routes and fares and you can book directly or you can also use other great airline sites to book.
So here is an up to date list of domestic airlines in India and some useful information on transportation in India that will help you to get around by Air:
This is the national carrier of India with over 120 aircraft and covers over 50 domestic destinations. It flies from 13 Indian cities Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram. Airtex http://www.airlinequality.com/ the world’s leading airline and airport review site currently ranks Air India as a 3-star airline.
Air India Express
This is a low-cost carrier and subsidiary of Air India. The airline provides meals and entertainment systems on board. Most of the domestic flights fly to destinations in the South of India such as from or to Chennai, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, and Tiruchirapalli. Their fleet consists of over 20 B737-800 aircraft and usually operates around 100 flights per week.
Deccan Shuttles flies to destinations in the state of Gujarat to connect all airports in this region including Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Kanal, Surat, and Bhavnagar. The fleet is made up of lighter aircrafts the Cessna Grand Caravan 208B and can carry up to 9 passengers. Cabin baggage of up to 5kg is allowed and up to 10kg of check-in baggage which is free of charge.
GoAir is a low fare airline and currently flies to over 20 destinations in India. Their service covers many major cities, small towns and tourist hubs such as Delhi, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Kochi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Port Blair, Srinagar, Leh, Nagpur, and Pune. The fleet consists of A320 aircraft and is currently not been awarded an airline ranking via Airtrax.
A leading low-cost airline in India, Indigo is one of the country’s largest carriers as per the market share and flies over 20 new A320 aircraft. Indigo flies all over the country and has almost every corner of India covered in one of its routes. Here are only a few of its destinations that it flies to; Srinagar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Guwahati, Indore, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar, Goa, Pune, Kochi, and Chennai.
Jet Airways is the market leader in Indian aviation and is regarded as India’s second-largest airline flying both internationally and domestically. Jet Airways operates on all the key domestic routes to and from Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa and Chennai and covers the whole of India. The airline offers hot meals on board, has a mixed fleet both of Airbus and Boeing aircraft and is awarded 3 stars by Skytrax.
A part of Jet Airways, jet connect is a relatively new low-cost carrier. It offers direct flights to many cities in India, From Mumbai, it flies to Bhopal, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Jodphur, Chennai, Kochi, Vadodara, and Jaipur. From Delhi, it flies to Amritsar, Vadodara. From Chennai, it flies to Madurai, Kochi, Coimbatore, and Bengaluru. From Bengaluru, it flies to Mangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. The Jet Konnect fleet includes Boeing 737-800 aircraft and ATRs.
One of India’s most renowned airlines with a large Airbus fleet for many years, however, after months of negotiations the Directorate General of Civil Aviation suspended the license of the beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines. At the time of writing, Kingfisher had temporarily suspended operations until further notice. For up to date information on the airline please visit their website.
Spice Jet is another low fare and popular airline in India and flies with a fleet of over 25 Boeing aircraft. Its flight network spreads across the whole India from the top north to the tip of Southern India as well as the more off the beaten track destinations in North East India. Some of the cities that it flies to are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Srinagar, Amritsar, Varanasi, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Goa, and Kochi. Usual 20kg baggage allowances apply but flights originating from Jammu and Kashmir no cabin baggage is allowed.
A small airline that flies only in Madhya Pradesh and covers flights between the following destinations of Bhopal, Indore, Khajuraho, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Rewa and Nagpur. Currently, they have a light aircraft fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan.
So have a happy flying. We hope that you can now find a quick and efficient way to get around India on board.