Find the cheapest flight to India
Travelers from the West have a few airports in India to choose from, which is good – India is a big enough country that it requires several major airports. Don’t forget to check out these airfare deals to India, and read about what to do and where to stay once you arrive. Also read about your options for domestic flights in India.
Major Airports in India
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (airport code BOM) in Mumbai is India’s busiest airport. It’s the base for Air India and a hub for Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Go Air, Spice Jet, Indigo and Kingfisher Airlines. A list of the airlines serving Mumbai is here, broken down by the terminal they use. The latest flight arrivals and departures are constantly updated on the airport’s homepage; it cycles through all the options, so you might have to wait a few seconds to see the section you’re looking for. A map of the airport is available here, but the airport’s website is decidedly lacking in much information for the traveler. There are two international terminals and two domestic terminals, but no indication of what you’ll find in any of them. The website says the ground transportation options are taxis (both pre-paid and metered), three-wheelers, local transport buses and cars available for rent, but doesn’t provide any information about any of them. There is undoubtedly an information desk or two which will be able to help you find anything you need in the airport.
Indira Gandhi International Airport (airport code DEL) is in the city of Delhi. It’s the second busiest airport in India, after Mumbai. It’s home to several Indian airlines including Air Sahara, Indian, SpiceJet, Alliance Air and IndiGo Airlines. IGI is also a secondary hub for Air India and Jet Airways and a major base for Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Air Deccan and Air Sahara. A list of airlines serving Delhi, along with the terminals they’re in, is here, and you can search for flight information here. A list of passenger facilities is here, and include baggage wrapping, a left luggage facility and Internet kiosks. Ground transportation options are listed here (including a list of prepaid taxi fares), and car rental agencies at Delhi are here.
Chennai International Airport (airport cide MAA) is in Meenambakkam, seven kilometers from the city of Chennai, and the third busiest international airport in India. Chennai is a hub airport for Air India, Jet Airways, Indian, Air Deccan and Air Sahara. There’s a list of airlines operating at the airport here, and you can search for flight information here. The passenger facilities at Chennai are listed here and include a communication center with Internet connections. You’ll find your ground transportation options listed here.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (airpot code CCU) is in Dum Dum, 17 km from Kolkata. It was originally known as Dum Dum Airport and is the main hub for north-east bound flights. You’ll find all the airlines serving Kolkata here, and you can search for flight information here.
More Information on India
India is a land of extremes – from the near perfection of the Taj Mahal to the devastating poverty and pollution in the country’s big cities, you’re likely to be a little shocked by both ends of the spectrum. India has much to offer, including amazing cuisine and natural beauty, so don’t let your first impressions define your experience. It’s a must-see on a spiritual traveler’s itinerary, and no matter what you think of it after you visit, you’ll never forget India.