Ever waved your hands at a flying plane passing high above you as a child?  Or got excited whenever you spotted the blinking lights of an airplane in the sky during inky black night? Or simply wished to fly away like a bird and wanted see the world from up above in the sky?

You might have surely travelled or plan to travel in an airplane at least once in your lifetime, correct? If you are a frequent traveler, you don’t require an introduction to some of the well-known airlines in the world, but what if you are planning to travel for the first time and are not sure which airline to choose? ? After all what better way to add to your experience of flying for the first time if not by opting for our very own home based and home grown airlines?

There is something really magical about flying in an airplane, soaring above all the oceans and mountains that decorate the ground, and sailing through the clouds, just a teeny tiny bit closer to the sun, the moon and the stars and far away from the hustle and bustle of traffic, train schedules and rush hours and what not, blissfully floating in air experiencing pure solitude unless you have a chatty co-passenger that is.  Experiencing all this and more is very easy nowadays with many domestic airlines in India, you don’t need to go on an international trip or cough up big bucks just to travel by air nowadays due to how connected, budget-friendly and efficient these airlines are.

Fasten your seatbelts! Let us take off and go on a smooth ride to know more about the various domestic airlines in India.

1. Air India

Air India Plane
Air India Flight at Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport in Ladakh.
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One of the oldest domestic airlines in India, Air India is a well renowned name and needs no introduction. Previously owned by the Indian Government, this national carrier was recently acquired by the Tata Group – the original owners of Air India (earlier known as Tata Airlines) and became a hot topic of discussion nationwide. Known by its mascot, “The Maharajah” and their tagline “Your Palace in the Sky” due to its royal service and regal treatment of its passengers the airline is the top preference of one and all. It also has separate divisions for domestic, Gulf and Asian destinations called Alliance Air and Air India Express, respectively.

Destinations Covered – Total 103 locations which include 45 international destinations like Israel, Bahrain, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, France, etc. and 58 domestic locations like Tirupati, Port Blair, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, etc.

2. SpiceJet

Boeing 737-800NG of SpiceJet taxiing at Mumbai Airport.
Boeing 737-800NG of SpiceJet taxiing at Mumbai Airport.
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SpiceJet has proved its mettle as one of the most sought after low cost domestic airlines in India despite having tough competition. Even though it is a low cost airline, it also offers premium services under its SpiceMax program. It operates over 300 flights daily and is considered to be one of the most punctual airlines in India. If you are on the lookout for a budget friendly option that also drops you off at your destination on time without burning a hole in your pocket then opt for SpiceJet.

Destinations Covered – Total 64 locations which includes12 international destinations like Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, UAE, and 52 domestic locations like Madurai, Chennai, Jaisalmer, Amritsar, Pondicherry, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, etc.

3. GoAir

Fleet of GoAir carriers
Fleet of GoAir carriers
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Yatrik Sheth

Recently re-branded as GoFirst, GoAir is owned by the famous Wadia Group and is amongst the most widely known domestic airlines in India. GoClub – its very own frequent flier program offers premium services to the passengers like having access to airport lounge, extra baggage allowance, complimentary meals, priority check in, and GoBusiness service which allows the passengers to upgrade to the Business Class for free. Winner of the Skytrax “Best Airline Award” in 2010 GoAir has acquired several more accolades since its inception in 2005.

Destinations Covered – Total 38 locations which includes 11 international destinations like Dubai, Kuwait, Maldives, Phuket, etc. and 27 domestic locations like Lucknow, Kochi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Goa, Dehradun, etc.

4. AirAsia India

Air Asia
Air Asia
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Joint venture of Tata Sons and AirAsia Malaysia is slowly making its mark in the Indian air space. Making air travel more affordable for the travelers on a tight budget, AirAsia India is amongst the only domestic airlines in India that offers free flights with other benefits in its AirAsia big loyalty program. It offers a variety of menus to its passengers that includes vegan, nut free, dairy free and gluten free options apart from the regular vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. It also offers a PremiumFlex service which doesn’t charge you additional in case you end up changing your flight.

Destinations Covered – Total17 domestic destinations which includes Bangalore, Kolkata, New Delhi, Srinagar, Guwahati, Jaipur, etc.

5. Vistara

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Another joint venture of the Tata Sons but this time with Singapore Airlines, Vistara is a newbie amongst the old and well known domestic airlines in India. Named after the Sanskrit word “Vistaar” which means limitless expanse, the airlines plans to cover the limitless sky with its ever growing and ever expanding venture. With inflight WiFi along with various entertainment options onboard and premium services that include a specially curated menu by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Chef Arun Batra, Vistara is catching attention of all who wish to avail premium services without losing the strings on their wallet.

Destinations Covered – Total 43 locations which includes 12 international destinations like Paris, Singapore, Colombo, Dubai, Maldives, etc. and 31 domestic destinations like Varanasi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Lucknow, Port Blair, etc.

6. IndiGo

IndiGo Flight
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The most loved of all domestic airlines in India, IndiGo has a very loyal passenger base due to its year round offers, budget friendly airfares, and frequent deals. Spacious legroom, friendly flight crew and a wide variety of food and beverages available on board, all add together to make flying with IndiGo a memorable experience. Furthermore, with 250+ air carriers, IndiGo boasts of having largest air fleet amongst all the other local Indian airlines.

Destinations Covered – Total 97 locations which includes 24 international destinations like Malaysia, Kuwait, Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore, UAE, etc. and 73 domestic destinations like Goa, Guwahati, Gaya, Delhi, Rajkot, Kolhapur, Mumbai, etc.

There is no better way of relieving stress than travelling – it is the humble opinion of not only ours but countless other travelers all over the world. Whatever is your reason to travel, be it to explore the world, to experience other cultures, or to simply escape your daily woes and rediscover yourself; a holiday is the perfect answer for all. There are so many options to go on your holiday be it by air, water or land – whichever you prefer there is a viable option available for you. So head over to Akbartravels.com and get busy planning your next holiday!

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