Domestic Airlines in India

Often the best way to travel to any destination within India, especially for foreigners is by flights. I prefer the trains as there is no other way to see India then by trains and coaches. But if you’re short on time, it not only reduces the travel time but can be a safer and viable option. With the advent of many private players in the Indian Airline Industry, flying has become cheaper and hassle free in India. You can choose from government owned airline services and many privately owned carriers. However, the suggestion would be to avoid the government owned carrier for the quality of service is not up to the mark of those that are provided by the private carriers.

Domestic Airlines in India

Some of the popular domestic airlines in India to choose from:

Indian Airlines

This is the Government owned carrier plagued by inefficiencies, last minute cancellations and leaves a lot to be desired in terms of services; hence always better to be avoided. However, on certain routes it is the only carrier operational and hence might be the only option at hand.

Jet Airways

It is India’s premier private carrier with quality service, food, timekeeping and baggage handling. The staffs too are courteous and easy to deal with, however it can be slightly expensive as compared to other low cost carriers.

Kingfisher Airlines

It is owned by India’s Beer Baron Vijay Mallya (owner of Kingfisher Beer) and as the name suggests it is known for its lavish services. Slightly on the higher side in terms of fares, it has recently been in news for high scale cancellations hence not the best option to opt for off late as a carrier.


Again a front runner as one of India’s best low cost carriers, Spicejet connects numerous destinations within India. It has emerged over the years as the customers’ foremost choice for travelling via air in India.

Indigo Airlines

It is considered as one of India’s best low cost carrier; always on time offering a very good value for money. It connects many cities within India and gives services keeping the customer satisfaction in mind.

Jet Konnect

It used to be called Air Airlines and then JetLite and now it’s called Jet Konnect part of Jet Airways. This airline does not offer food onboard its flights but food can be bought, a service called JetCafe.


Go Air is an Mumbai based airline company that specialises in low fares that uses mainly Airbus A320 aircrafts. It is owned by the same person who owns the famous Bombay Dyeing that deals with textiles. Remember it’s a no-frills based airlines hence it does not provide complementary meals.

There are others that you might wish to check out such as Ventura AirConnect, MDLR Airlines and Deccan Shuttles. You do not necessarily have to buy air line tickets from individual airlines. You can buy them from online agents. For instance, you can buy air tickets by shopping around on online agents but mind you they can be more expensive as they will take their commission.

Further reading on Indian transport

How to book train tickets in India
Overcrowding in Indian trains
Auto Rickshaw in India

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31 Responses to “Domestic Airlines in India”

  1. Michael Belk says:

    It is nice to know the airline options, you outlined the amenities very well.

    I would expect the government owned airlines to be lacking in service because that is the way most things are in America.

    We have JetBlue airlines, I wonder if that are affiliated with Jet Konnect?

  2. Sapna says:

    HI Shalu jee

    Great information shared!

    You have rightly said, Kingfisher(king of bad times) and India Airlines can be easily avoided. Spicejet is leading the pack.

    Thanks for sharing this valuable info.


  3. Sarah Park says:

    Good thing you mentioned to prefer to take the private owned planes than the government ones. I was thinking that government-owned ones are more convenient. It is also nice to know that there are a lot of airlines to choose from. This makes the service more affordable since several companies are offering this service.

  4. anant says:


    Very good information about the domestic airline services. But at the last moment of booking the ticket, based on availability of seat we need to proceed for booking and travelling.


  5. Pankaj says:

    I visit Pune at least once in a year, as lot of my friends live there and I always use “Indigo” airlines as it’s low fare plus always run on time.

  6. Great information here especially to those, like us, who are looking for cheap fares. :)

  7. Ankit says:

    I prefer SpiceJet for my travel in domestic circles. They are cheap and have decent quality

  8. Janit says:

    Spicejet is a good airline, but considering the pedigree – it is owned by Kalanithi Maran allegedly involved in many corrupt deals in India. As an honest tax paying citizen, I would prefer travelling by other airlines.

    Am not spamming your blog Shalu, but I believe we can make our country a better place by giving the citizens a chance to make well informed choices.

  9. Kristine from wholesale rugs says:

    Thanks for the list! I’m definitely going to check out their ticket prices soon. I’m so psyched in visiitng India!

  10. Kelly from ubud villas says:

    I had no idea that India had so many domestic planes available. This is just great news! Other than the planes what other mode of transportation do you recommend if I plan to back-pac around your country?

  11. Sandra from Landscape designers says:

    Thank you for listing these down. I’ve been looking around for local airlines. Do you have a personal favorite? What do you recommend?

  12. Shalu Sharma says:

    I don’t have my favourite. The use of these airlines will all depend which places they cover.

  13. Stacey from sydney seo says:

    Thank you for consolidating this list. I’m really planning to go around India this fall, hopefully the weather’s nice and cool by then.

  14. As per my personal experience am saying i traveled in many times in SpiceJet really which is so good services to provide in India..I feel very comfortably..

  15. India have a lot of domestic airlines.i think Indian Airlines and spice is best.thanks for this great informations.

  16. Amol says:

    Thanks for providing the information about the Indian domestics airlines, All are doing best but what about kingfisher airlines.

  17. Great piece of information Shalu Ji. BTW God bless Kingfisher airlines.

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  29. jackky says:

    are the airlines listed according to any criteria like price, etc.? let me know, thanks

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