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Information On Holidays To Bombay?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 4:51 am

i was planning to book a holiday to goa from england during mid feb in a few weeks, but i discovered that because my mom had an indian passport, she could not travel on a charter airline into goa. this is a strange restriction, anyway- must be another silly rule they have.
i would like information please of the cheapest flights to mumbai (bombay) or any holiday deals from the uk.
would it be better to fly there and then find accomodation, or to book a holiday.
and how much is a flight to goa from bombay? what are the best places in bombay.
does anyone know of any specialised travel agents on the net that deal with holidays to india. south india is nice but the flights there are very expensive and there doesnt seem to be very many package holidays.

does anyone have any information and any possible suggestions, as to what i should do?
and does anyone know of any scheduled airlines, that are relatively cheap that fly from the uk to any part of india? including delhi e.t.c
i would be planning to book within the next few days.
we might also consider any other destination, long haul, sunny, and reasonable in price, do any of u have any ideas of alternatives.
thanx in advance
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RE: Information On Holidays To Bombay?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 5:32 am

I do not know of any restrictions w.r.t charters and passports. One may need
to fly on flag carriers if the passport are issued for Govt. related business (Again this is speculation on my part)

Try a consolidator in your town that specialize in Indian sub-continent. Look
for ads in papers that cater to the populance from the indian subcontinent in

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RE: Information On Holidays To Bombay?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 6:01 am

This is a regulation from the Indian government, to protect Air India. Huge numbers of Indian Nationals travel between the UK and India annually, visiting friends, relations and for business. Many passengers just book the lowest fares, which may well be on UK charter carriers, at the expense of Air India. For evidence of how price sensitive the UK-India market is, look at how Uzbekistan Airways and Turkmenistan International fill their flights with Indian transfer traffic.

The rules restrict UK charter flights to carrying British holidaymakers to India, leaving the VFR and Business traffic to the scheduled airlines.
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RE: Information On Holidays To Bombay?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 1:53 pm

Ok. interesting u should bring this up now.

AFAIK, the restriction applies to OUTBOUND charters only. and the reason is pure economics. Charter airlines offer RETURN airfare and 4-5 days stay in India (typically Goa) for LESS than the price of a a one-way ticket from BOM-LHR on Air India. Not just AI, but BA would also definitely go out of business on the route if charter carriers were allowed a free run in this price sensitive market.

I am not sure of the airline, but i think it was Condor which had some fantastic scheme like that, and Indian tour operators applied to the Govt to allow them to operate similar services. which was turned down pronto.

But ofcourse there are differences. Condor, i am told uses a narrowbody on this ultra long haul flight. As compared to widebody 744's and A313's of AI. The charter operators give only around 29" pitch, while AI offers around 32-34" in Y. And ofcourse the major differences in inflight service.

Do you realy want to start off your exotic Indian holiday flying for 9 hrs in a cramped 757? I dont think so!

Why dont u pay a visit to the local AI or IC office. I am sure they will have some great deal for you.

The fare from BOM-GOI is around 2400 Y Class. But IC has a unlimited travel India option for a couple of hundred dollars. I am sure AI can work out a great package deal for you, as they too have been offering bargain deals( Hotel accomodation free along with your ticket). I personaly think this would be the best option.