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mighluss
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India Domestic Flights

Wed May 05, 2004 7:08 pm

I'm flying to India next August, and I'm interested in taking some domestic flights for example Delhi-Goa-Delhi... Is there any LCC's in India?, or how can I find cheap fares? (via internet...?)

Other thing is, any chance to fly in a 732 or a 727? Big grin

Thanks in advance!
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RE: India Domestic Flights

Wed May 05, 2004 7:21 pm

There's only one LCC in India and that is the new Air Deccan, they don't do Delhi-Goa. A delhi-goa-delhi ticket on Indian Airlines, Alliance Air, Jet Airways or Air Sahara will set you back by Euro 200 or 250 (approx), maybe more.

There are no 727s flying in India. As for 737-200s, only Alliance air flies them.
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RE: India Domestic Flights

Wed May 05, 2004 8:18 pm

Air Deccan mostly only goes in the South.

You will hav to pay the tickets in USD based, since you are a foreigner, which makes it more expensive. Check the fares on the IC webpage: www.indian-airlines.com.

You might even be able to do an online booking if you have a hotel address.

I personally recommend you IC, but this is only my taste. if you book 21 days in advance with them, you will get the strongly reduced apex fares. which is MUCH cheaper. Check the info on their webpage
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RE: India Domestic Flights

Wed May 05, 2004 10:50 pm

Thanks!

I registered in air india web. but they gave me about 450$ rountrip Delhi-Goa, way too expensive! How can I get those apex fares?

Air Deccan is a good option... Halfway to Bombay by train, other half by plane! also prizes are quite good... 4100 rupees (85 eur?) Rountrip Bombay-Goa.

Any more advice?
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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 12:10 am

Best airline in India is without question Jet Airways. They have new aircraft, efficient service and operate at a much higher standard than IC or AI.
I have flown with them many times on BOM-HYD, HYD-DEL without any complaints.

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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 12:43 am

I just checked the IC homepage, the APEX fares are not applicable for some reason I don't know. The cheapest I could find was the same USD 490, since you are a foreign national

let me think and I will post here again. I experienced myself (but that is NO guarantee) that everytime while purchasing the ticket in India, they gave me the cheaper fare (INR based) although I do not hold an indian passport.

Type of Airline is a matter of taste, 9W is very good, too, I agree, but does not offer nonstop DEL-GOI (rather via HYD or BOM, BLR...). S2 goes nonstop, too

I will post later

The fare GOI-BOM is so cheap because it is hardly any distance (but a 12 hr train ride - and DEL-BOM is neverending...). Here, AI (international) might be cheaper than IC or 9W, I will check and post

I just thought that it might even be cheaper to buy two tickets, i.e. one DEL-BOM (more competition and cheap AI fares in the night) and one BOM-GOI. I will also sort this out
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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 12:58 am

DEL-BOM on AI (flights from 8pm to 6 am or so -- cheaper) is

$ 290 incl. (www.airindia.com -- online booking)

IC and 9W around the same, slightly more expensive

The Airdeccan alternative (approx $ 100) sounds good, which makes a total of around $ 400, which will save you around $ 100 to the IC fare (and S2 and much cheaper than 9W) DEL-GOI nonstop

There might be some inconveniences travelling like this (night arrivals etc), but it is cheaper. It is uo to you to decide.

I am not sure whether you can collect the AI ticket at the airport or need an Indian hotel reservation as delivery address for the ticket (check T&C)


Hmmm, I would do it because I am student and it is $ 100 cheaper...  Smile Maybe s/o else knows a better and cheaper alternative...

Post for further questions...

What do you guys think travelling like this??  Smile
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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 1:09 am

AirbusfanYYZ is correct. After being in the Travel Business for over 22
years I would stay away from IC and AI. JetAirways is the best choice.

I have heard horror stories about IC.

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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 1:10 am

There are no apex fares available for USD fares - only the INR fares saleable only to Indian residents. Of course, if you look Indian and buy the ticket in India you can get away with that even if you aren't strictly speaking Indian!

The cheapest USD options for domestic fares in India are Air India's night fares for departures between 8pm and 8am daily.

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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 1:21 am

Someone even reminded me now that

the IC fares are subject to student discount (I think 25 %)... are you still reg as a student for some or the other reason??

Try to find out about the 14 / 21 day unlimited travel pass with IC (unlimited flights, if airport is only used once, f.i. a circle). I don't know how it is today, but I took it once for 14 days ($ 500) with a trip DEL-BLR-MAA-IXZ (Port Blair) - CCU - DEL. 21 days should be for $ 750

But better confirm (IC webpage), it might be different now

I myself can't confirm the antipathy against AI and IC utterded by some other users. My experiences have been excellent, and more people confirm that standards have detrementally improved to be international now  Smile


B747-437B is right (same happened to me and no one asked me about my nationality). Since you are from Spain, you might look slightly Indian  Big grin - and yo don't necessarily have to speak Hindi to be an Indian. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take the risk
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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 1:36 am

Do not forget that the tourist season starts in September and that it is still monsoon-season in August. So a lot of rain is expected. The best season to visit is from October and February.
 
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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 5:25 pm

Hi!

I really was expecting much cheaper fares from indian domestic market... (you can fly with IB BCN-AGP for 50 EUR roundtrip!) anyway I'm still thinking about two options:

1: AI, DEL-BOM-DEL (290$) and Goa by train

2: DEL-BOM-DEL by train and Goa With Deccan air (100$)

Well, maybe I'm too focused in saving money... Big grin

Another question, Will I have problems booking with Deccan air as a non-resident?


Thanks again for all your advice!
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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 6:12 pm

1: AI, DEL-BOM-DEL (290$) and Goa by train

Maybe the better option, DEL-BOM by train is far!

No experience with air deccan... I could imagine there to be no problems, main thing you pay, that's what the LCCs want  Smile

good trains GOI-BOM http://www.indian-railways.gov.in


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RE: India Domestic Flights

Thu May 06, 2004 8:47 pm

Air Deccan website is
www.airdeccan.net

Should be of some help

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