Flying to India

India has fairly extensive direct air connections to all the continents (ca 55 countries) except South and Central America where currently no direct flights are available from India. Around 80 international airlines fly presently to India. Air India (incl. Air India Express, a low-cost regional carrier), India's national airline, flies to destinations in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and North America. Jet Airways, a private Indian airline, flies to regional destinations including Kathmandu, Bangkok, Colombo, Singapore, Riyadh, Damman, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat and Sharjah in addition to serving long-haul destinations including London, Amsterdam, Paris and Toronto. Spicejet serves South Asian destinations while IndiGo, another Indian low-cost carrier, serves regional destinations including Dubai, Muscat, Kathmandu, Singapore and Bangkok.

The main international gateway airports in India are located at Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. Other airports having international flights include Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Mangaluru, Madurai, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam and Kozhikode in the southern region - Goa, Pune and Ahmedabad in western India - Varanasi, Amritsar, Lucknow and Jaipur in northern India - Nagpur in central India and Bhubaneswar, Gaya and Guwahati in eastern India.

Air Italy Boeing 737 MAX 8
Air Italy's first Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet seen here at Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport. Air Italy will launch services from Milan Malpensa to both Mumbai and Delhi in late Oct. The airline will operate Airbus A330 aircraft on these routes with a 5xweekly frequency.



Recently Launched New Air Routes to India

  • Buddha Air: Kathmandu to Varanasi (2xweekly)
  • flynas: Riyadh to Hyderabad (2xweekly)
  • Garuda Indonesia: Denpasar to Mumbai (3xweekly)
  • Gulf Air: Bahrain to Bengaluru (daily)
  • Gulf Air: Bahrain to Kozhikode (daily)
  • Jazeera Airways: Kuwait to Mumbai (daily)
  • Joon: Paris CDG to Mumbai (daily) - replaces Air France service
  • Ukraine International Airlines: Kiev to Delhi (5xweekly)
Announced New Air Routes to India

  • AirAsia X: Kuala Lumpur to Amritsar (wef Aug 16, 4xweekly)
  • Air Italy: Milan to Mumbai (wef Oct 30, 5xweekly) and Milan to Delhi (wef Oct 28, 5xweekly)
  • Delta Airlines: Undisclosed US city to Mumbai (schedule TBA)
  • IndiGo: Kolkata to Dhaka (wef Aug 1, daily)
  • Jet Airways: Mumbai to Manchester (wef Nov 5, 4xweekly)
  • Philippine Airlines: Manila to Delhi and Mumbai - PAL will deploy new Airbus A321neo jets on the India routes
  • Thai Lion Air: Bangkok to Kochi (TBA, daily)
  • Vietjet: Ho Chi Minh City to Delhi (est. launch Q3/18, 4xweekly)
  • WOW air: Reykjavík (Keflavík) to Delhi (3xweekly wef Dec 6 and 5xweekly wef Jan 7 '19)
Potential Air Routes to India

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900
Singapore Airlines operates 21 Airbus A350-900 aircraft with a three-class configuration. The airline operates a daily Airbus A350 service from Singapore to Mumbai in addition to 10 weekly Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 services. Other Indian cities served by Singapore Airlines include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata. SIA will operate a daily Boeing 787-10 service on the Singapore-Delhi route starting Oct 28 (in addition to a daily Airbus A380 service).

WOW air Airbus aircraft at Keflavík Airport
Icelandic WOW air will begin an air service to India from Dec 7 with its upcoming Keflavík (serving Reykjavík) to Delhi route which would also be WOW air's first service to Asia. The growing airline has a fleet of 19 Airbus aircraft incl. three Airbus A330 widebodies. The fleet is expected to increase to 24 by year end.
Anna.aero's analysis on WOW air's upcoming Delhi service
Lufthansa Airbus A380
One of Lufthansa's Airbus A380 aircraft is named "Delhi". Lufthansa operates a daily Airbus A380 service from Frankfurt to Delhi. The two other airlines flying Airbus A380 aircraft to India are Emirates (Dubai to Mumbai) and Singapore Airlines (Singapore to Delhi).

International Air Traffic To/From India (Passengers Carried / Jan-Dec 2017)

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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Ethiopian Airlines presently operates a 9xweekly service from Addis Ababa to Delhi and a double daily service to Mumbai.

Finnair Airbus A330
Finnair uses Airbus A330 equipment on its 3-6xweekly (daily wef Dec 18) Helsinki-Delhi route. Finnair serves Goa 2xweekly on a scheduled and seasonal basis using Airbus A330 aircraft.

International Air Routes to India - Indian Airline Operators

Air India Air India flies to New York (JFK), Washington, D.C, Newark, Birmingham (UK), Copenhagen, Stockholm, Chicago, London (Heathrow), Paris (CDG), Madrid, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Frankfurt, Colombo, Dhaka, Kabul, Kathmandu, Yangon, Male, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo (Narita), Osaka, San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne and Tel Aviv. Gulf destinations include Abu Dhabi, Damman, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Riyadh and Sharjah. Air India also operates a direct flight from Ahmedabad to Newark via London/Heathrow.
Air India Express Air India Express, Air India's low-cost carrier subsidiary flies to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Bahrain, Damman, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Ras Al Khaimah, Riyadh, Salalah, Sharjah and Singapore from various Indian cities and towns.
Jet Airways Jet Airways flies from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai and Pune, Bahrain to Mumbai, Bangkok to Delhi, Mumbai, Amsterdam to Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, and Toronto, Colombo to Mumbai and Bengaluru, Damman to Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram, Dhaka to Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, Doha to Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram, Dubai to Delhi, Kochi, Mangalore, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram, Hong Kong to Delhi and Mumbai, Jeddah to Mumbai, Kathmandu to Delhi, Mumbai and Varanasi, Kuwait to Mumbai, London (Heathrow) to Delhi and Mumbai, Muscat to Kochi, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram, Paris (CDG) to Mumbai and Chennai, Riyadh to Delhi and Mumbai, Singapore to Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi.
IndiGo IndiGo flies to a handful of regional destinations including Muscat, Colombo, Doha, Dubai, Sharjah, Kathmandu, Bangkok and Singapore.
SpiceJet SpiceJet flies to regional destinations including Muscat, Dubai, Kabul, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Dhaka, Colombo and Malé.

International Air Routes to India - Overseas Airline Operators

From North America

United Airlines United flies daily from Newark to both Delhi and Mumbai.
Air Canada Air Canada operates a 4xweekly nonstop service between Toronto and Delhi using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and a 5xweekly (summer season wef Jun 8) and 6xweekly service during winter season (wef Oct 28) from Vancouver to Delhi. A 3xweekly nonstop service connects Toronto with Mumbai.

From Europe

Aeroflot - Russian Int'l Airline Aeroflot flies 2xdaily from Moscow (Sheremetyevo) to Delhi.
Air France Air France flies from Paris CDG to Delhi (daily) and Bengaluru (6xweekly). The earlier Mumbai service is operated by Joon.
Alitalia Alitalia flies daily from Rome to Delhi.
British Airways British Airways flies from London to Bengaluru (daily), Chennai (daily), Delhi (2xdaily), Mumbai (2xdaily incl. a daily Boeing 787-9 service) and Hyderabad (daily).
Brussels Airlines Brussels Airlines operates a 6xweekly nonstop service between Brussels and Mumbai.
Finnair Finnair operates upto 6xweekly nonstop flights between Helsinki and Delhi.
Joon Joon, an Air France subsidiary, operates a daily service from Paris CDG to Mumbai.
KLM KLM flies daily from Amsterdam to Delhi and 3xweekly (4xweekly wef Oct 28) to Mumbai.
Lufthansa Lufthansa flies daily from Frankfurt to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi (Airbus A380), Mumbai and 6xweekly to Pune (operated by PrivatAir with a stop at Bucharest). Lufthansa also offers daily flights from Munich to both Delhi and Mumbai (Airbus A350 to be replaced by A330 wef Oct 28). Lufthansa also uses Airbus A350 equipment on the Munich-Delhi sector, the airline's inaugural route for this aircraft type.
Swiss International Air Lines Swiss International flies daily from Zurich to both Mumbai and Delhi.
Virgin Atlantic Airways Virgin Atlantic flies daily from London to Delhi.

From CIS Countries

Air Astana Air Astana flies daily from Almaty to Delhi and 3xweekly from Astana to Delhi.
Air Manas Air Manas flies 3xweekly from Bishkek to Delhi.
Tajik Air Tajik Air flies 1xweekly from Dushanbe to Delhi.
Turkmenistan Airlines Turkmenistan flies 5xweekly from Ashgabat to Amritsar and 3xweekly to Delhi.
Ukraine International Airlines UIA flies from Kiev to Delhi 5xweekly.
Uzbekistan Airways Uzbekistan Airways serves Delhi 6xweekly and Amritsar 4xweekly from Tashkent. Four of these flights are combined services to both Amritsar and Delhi.

From Central and West Asia

Air Arabia Air Arabia flies 2xdaily from Sharjah to Delhi, Kochi and Mumbai, daily to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Jaipur and Chennai, 2xdaily to Thiruvananthapuram, 4xweekly to Nagpur and 5xweekly to both Coimbatore and Goa.
Ariana Afghan Airlines Ariana Afghan Airlines operates 3xweekly flights from Kabul (1xweekly via Kandahar) to Delhi.
Bahrain Air This low-cost Bahrain based airline flies 4xweekly from Bahrain to both Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram and 5xweekly to both Kochi and Kozhikode.
El Al El Al flies 4xweekly from Tel Aviv to Mumbai.
Emirates Emirates flies 3xdaily from Dubai to Chennai, 4xdaily to Delhi, 3xdaily to Hyderabad, 2xdaily to Kochi, 5xdaily (incl. 1 daily A380) to Mumbai, 11xweekly to Thiruvananthapuram, 11xweekly to Kolkata, 3xdaily to Bengaluru and 10xweekly to Ahmedabad. Emirates currently operates 172 weekly flights between Dubai and 9 destinations in India.
Etihad Airways Etihad flies from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru (3xdaily), Chennai (3xdaily), Mumbai (3xdaily), Delhi (3xdaily), Thiruvananthapuram (2xdaily), Hyderabad (3xdaily), Kochi (3xdaily), Kozhikode (2xdaily), Kolkata (daily) and Ahmedabad (2xdaily). Etihad carried 666 000 passengers on its India services during the last quarter of 2016. The carrier operates a total of 175 weekly flights to ten destinations in India.
Flydubai flydubai, a low-cost carrier based in Dubai, offers flights from Dubai to Ahmedabad (2xweekly), Delhi (5xweekly), Chennai (3xweekly), Hyderabad (5xweekly), Lucknow (3xweekly), Thiruvananthapuram (3xweekly), Kochi (4xweekly) and Mumbai (5xweekly).
Gulf Air Gulf Air flies from Bahrain to Chennai (10xweekly), Delhi (2xdaily), Hyderabad (9xweekly), Kochi (daily), Mumbai (2xdaily) and Thiruvananthapuram (daily).
Iran Air Iran Air flies 2xweekly from Tehran to Mumbai.
Iraqi Airways Iraqi Airways flies 2xweekly from Baghdad (1xweekly via Basra) to Delhi and 1/2xweekly from Najaf and Baghdad to Mumbai.
Jazeera Airways Jazeera Airways, a low cost carrier based in Kuwait operates a daily services from Kuwait to both Mumbai and Hyderabad, 3xweekly to Ahmedabad and 4xweekly to Kochi.
Kam Air Kam Air, a private Afghan airline, operates a daily service from Kabul to Delhi.
Kuwait Airways Kuwait Airways flies from Kuwait to Mumbai (2xdaily), Kochi (3xweekly), Chennai (5xweekly), Thiruvananthapuram (6xweekly), Delhi (daily) and Ahmedabad (3xweekly).
Mahan Air Mahan Air flies 3xweekly from Tehran to Delhi.
Oman Air Oman Air flies from Muscat to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi (3xdaily), Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode (2xdaily), Lucknow (14xweekly), Mumbai (3xdaily) and Thiruvananthapuram. Oman Air also flies daily from Salalah to Kozhikode.
Qatar Airways Qatar Airways flies daily from Doha to Ahmedabad, Delhi (2xdaily), Chennai (daily), Mumbai (daily), Kolkata (daily), Nagpur (daily), Thiruvananthapuram (daily), Hyderabad (daily), Kochi (11xweekly), daily to Kozhikode, Amritsar (daily), Goa (daily) and daily to Bengaluru.
Safi Airways Safi Airways flies 4xweekly from Kabul to Delhi.
Saudi Arabian Airlines Saudi Arabian Airlines flies from Riyadh to Delhi (6xweekly), Bengaluru (2xweekly), Mumbai (5xweekly), Chennai (3xweekly), Kochi (6xweekly), Hyderabad (3xweekly), Lucknow (3xweekly) and Thiruvananthapuram (3xweekly) - from Jeddah to Delhi (daily), Mumbai (daily), Chennai (3xweekly), Kochi (9xweekly), Hyderabad (3xweekly), Bengaluru (1xweekly), Lucknow (4xweekly) and Thiruvananthapuram (2xweekly) - from Damman to Chennai (1xweekly), Kochi (1xweekly), Bengaluru (1xweekly) - from Madinah via Riyadh to Mumbai (3xweekly)
Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines flies daily from Istanbul to both Delhi and Mumbai.

From Africa

Air Austral Air Austral connects Chennai 2xweekly with Saint Denis (Réunion) and Bangkok.
Air Mauritius Air Mauritius flies from Mauritius to Bengaluru/Chennai (2xweekly), Delhi (2/3 weekly) and Mumbai (4/5 weekly).
Air Seychelles Air Seychelles serves Mumbai 5xweekly from Mahe.
Egypt Air EgyptAir flies 4xweekly from from Cairo to Mumbai.
Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlines flies 2xdaily from Addis Ababa to Mumbai and 9xweekly to Delhi.
Kenya Airways Kenya Airways flies 12xweekly from Nairobi to Mumbai.
RwandAir RwandAir operates a 4xweekly nonstop air service from Kigali to Mumbai served by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

From South Asia

Bhutan Airlines Bhutan Airlines flies 4xweekly from Paro and Bangkok to Kolkata, 2xweekly from Paro to Delhi via Kathmandu and 3xweekly from Paro to Bangkok via Gaya (until Feb 28 '18).
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Biman Bangladesh Airlines flies 12xweekly from Dhaka to Kolkata and 2xweekly from Chittagong to Kolkata.
Buddha Air Budhha Air operates a twice weekly air service using ATR 42 aircraft from Kathmandu to Varanasi.
Druk Air Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airlines), Bhutan's national airline, flies from Paro to Guwahati, Delhi (some flights operate via Kathmandu), Kolkata, Gaya, Bagdogra and Mumbai. Kolkata is also connected to Singapore and Guwahati to Bangkok.
Maldivian Maldivian flies 6xweekly from Malé International Airport to Thiruvananthapuram and 3xweekly to Chennai (and onwards to Dhaka) and 2xweekly from Hanimaadhoo to Thiruvananthapuram.
Myanmar Airways International MAI flies 3xweekly (seasonally) from Yangon to Gaya and 2xweekly to Kolkata.
Nepal Airlines Nepal Airlines flies 2xdaily from Kathmandu to Delhi and 3xweekly to both Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Novoair Novoair operates a daily service from Kolkata to Dhaka.
Regent Airways Regent Airways flies 10xweekly from Dhaka to Kolkata and daily from Chittagong to Kolkata.
SriLankan Airlines SriLankan Airlines flies 11xweekly from Colombo to Bengaluru, Gaya (seasonal), Chennai (20xweekly), Delhi (11xweekly), Kochi (2xdaily), Kolkata (4xweekly), Madurai (1xweekly), Mumbai (daily), Tiruchirappalli (2xdaily), Thiruvananthapuram (daily), Varanasi (2xweekly), Hyderabad (daily), Visakhapatnam (4xweekly) and Coimbatore (4xweekly).
US-Bangla Airlines US-Bangla Airlines flies daily from both Dhaka (daily) and Chittagong (6xweekly) to Kolkata.

From the Far East, Southeast Asia and Australasia

Air Asia AirAsia flies from Kuala Lumpur to the following Indian destinations: Bengaluru (4xweekly), Bhubaneswar (4xweekly), Chennai (2xdaily), Hyderabad (daily), Kochi (18xweekly), Kolkata (daily), Tiruchirappalli (4xdaily) and Visakhapatnam (4xweekly).
Thai AirAsia flies 5xweekly from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Chennai, daily to Kochi, 5xweekly to Bengaluru, daily to Kolkata and 4xweekly to Tiruchirappalli and 4xweekly to Jaipur.
AirAsia X flies 4xweekly from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi and 3xweekly to Jaipur.
Indonesia AirAsia X Indonesia AirAsia X, a low-cost long-haul carrier affiliated with AirAsia, operates a direct daily Airbus A330 air service from Denpasar Bali to Mumbai via Kuala Lumpur. This service will be discontinued wef Apr 29th.
Air China Air China flies 3xweekly (5xweekly wef Mar 25 '18) from Beijing to Delhi and 4xweekly to Mumbai.
All Nippon Airways All Nippon Airways (ANA) operates daily services from Tokyo Narita airport to both Delhi and Mumbai.
Asiana Airlines Asiana Airlines flies daily from Seoul's Incheon International airport to Delhi.
Bangkok Airways Bangkok Airways flies daily from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Mumbai.
Batik Air Batik Air operates a daily air service from Denpasar Bali via Kuala Lumpur to Chennai. Batik Air's second route to India connects Medan daily with Chennai via Kuala Lumpur.
Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific flies 2xdaily from Hong Kong to Delhi, 10xweekly to Mumbai (13xweekly wef Oct 28), daily to Chennai and 4xweekly from Hong Kong to Hyderabad.
China Airlines China Airlines flies 2xweekly from Taipei to Delhi.
China Eastern Airlines China Eastern flies daily from Shanghai/Beijing to Delhi and daily from Hangzhou via Kunming, the capital of China's Yunnan province to Kolkata.
China Southern China Southern, China's largest airline, flies twice daily from Guangzhou (Canton) to Delhi.
Dragonair Cathay Dragon flies daily from Hong Kong to Bengaluru and 6xweekly to Kolkata.
Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia operates a 3xweekly nonstop service connecting Denpasar with Mumbai.
Japan Airlines Japan Airlines operates a daily Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from Tokyo Narita to Delhi.
Korean Air Korean Air flies thrice weekly from Seoul/Incheon airport to Mumbai and 5xweekly to Delhi.
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines flies from Kuala Lumpur to Bengaluru (12xweekly), Chennai (2xdaily), Delhi (10xweekly), Hyderabad (daily) and Mumbai (2xdaily; 17xweekly wef Nov 1).
Malindo Air Malindo Air flies from Kuala Lumpur to Amritsar (5xweekly), Bengaluru (2xweekly), Delhi (11xweekly), Kochi (7xweekly), Mumbai (8xweekly), Thiruvananthapuram (4xweekly) and Tiruchirappalli (21xweekly).
Scoot Scoot flies 3xweekly to Amritsar service to Chennai, daily to Bengaluru, 6xweekly to Hyderabad, 4xweekly to Jaipur, 4xweekly to Kochi, 3xweekly to Lucknow and 2xdaily to Tiruchirappalli.
Shandong Airlines Shandong Airlines operates two bi-weekly services from Qingdao and Jinan to Delhi, both flights via Kunming.
Silk Air Silk Air flies from Singapore to Chennai (3xweekly), Bengaluru (5xweekly to daily), Kolkata (4xweekly), Thiruvananthapuram (5xweekly), Kochi (8xweekly), Hyderabad (10xweekly), 4xweekly to Coimbatore and 3xweekly to Visakhapatnam.
Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines flies 4xweekly from Singapore to Ahmedabad, 6xweekly to Bengaluru, daily to Chennai, 2xdaily (incl. 1 daily A380) to Delhi, 4xweekly to Kolkata and 2xdaily (incl. a daily Airbus A350 service) to Mumbai.
Thai Airways Thai Airways flies from Bangkok to Bengaluru (daily), Kolkata (daily), Chennai (daily), Delhi (19xweekly), Mumbai (daily) and Hyderabad (5xweekly).
Thai Lion Air Thai Lion Air operates a 4xweekly service from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Mumbai.
Thai Smile Air Thai Smile Air flies from Bangkok to 3xweekly to Gaya (via Varanasi), 3xweekly to Jaipur, 3xweekly to Lucknow, 5xweekly to Mumbai and 3xweekly to Varanasi.

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