About 50 international flight operators have their India flights operations to Delhi. That means anything from Virgin Atlantic to Cathy Pacific to Ethiopian Airlines flights to India fly to Delhi. Apart from the fellow tourists, your co passengers typically include the Indians living abroad and staffs and family of the diplomatic fraternity based in Delhi. Being the federal capital, Delhi has the maximum concentration of foreign diplomatic missions in India.
Check it out with our country’s popular operator about their India flight schedule and the fares. Anyways there is no dearth of websites offering attractive flight packages to India. A quick homework can fetch you the so-called best bargain flight to India.
Now a bit about the airport in Delhi. The airport in Delhi (DEL) is called Indira Gandhi International Airport (in short IGI Airport), named after the former Prime Minister Ms. Indira Gandhi.
Though it is called international airport the domestic flights to Delhi too operate from the same airport. The terminals for International and domestic India flights are different. Also note that there are multiple domestic terminals. All of these terminals are quite far apart, especially the international terminal from the 2 domestic terminals. You can use the inter terminal coach services, if you need to catch a connecting flight from the other terminal.
The international terminal is roughly at the south side of the runway whereas the domestic terminals are at the northeastern fringe. Reserve a good 45 minutes traveling time between the international and domestic terminals.
In general the taxi operators outside the airport haggle for fare. If you are not used to it go for the prepaid taxi facility. There are prepaid taxi booking counters just before the exit. You can easily notice this, as there would a queue at this counter. You need to tell the area / street name where you wants to go. A printed voucher is given to you against the payment. A typical prepaid taxi fare from the airport to the city center cost you around Rs200 (about USD 5) . Come out of the building and you spot a row of the Delhi Taxis in the typical Black body with green stripe across.
Just before that you have to shove through this hotel agents and those meet & greet people holding the placards. This mob is kept a few feet way from the terminal building, just behind that stainless steel barricade. It typically looks as if a dam is about to burst at is seams. It you are skilled baseball player, it should not be a big problem to wriggle out of this and head straight to the taxi stand.
Catch a taxi from the row and tell the place already printed on the voucher you are having. A cop manning a police booth around the corner takes down your name, destination, taxi driver’s name and the taxi registration number. This is just a routine security exercise and a deterrent to keep the cab drivers in check.
Never hand over your prepaid taxi payment voucher to the driver until you are dropped at your destination. Repeat, never handover this piece of paper to the taxi driver till you’ve reached your destination proper. Also don’t listen to the typical “ That Hotel is closed long back ….”, “ That place got guttered in a fire last week .....!! ” . These are all standard nonsense told to steer you away to a different hotel. They get a commission; you get a worst tariff.
Domestic terminals in Delhi airport are named 1A , 1B and 1C.
Terminal 1A caters to the domestic flights of the state owned Air India flights and the flights of Kingfisher. The nearby Terminal 1B is used by all the other domestic flights. Terminal 1C is the domestic flight arrival terminal.
The schedules may get changed, but still for the sake of a broad idea, a list of domestic flight from Delhi is added here along with the flight operators. You can always check it up with the respective airline’s websites for better and current flight schedule/ availability.
Domestic India Flights from Terminal 1B.
Air Deccan (DN) : Ahmedabad (AMD) , Amritsar, Bangalore (BLR), Baghdogra, Baghdogra, Bhopal, Bhuvaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dharamshala, Goa, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur (JAI), Jammu(IXJ), Jodhpur, Kolkata, Kullu, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai (BOM), Pathankot, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Simla, Srinagar (SXR), Trivandrum, Udaipur.
GO Air (G8): Ahmedabad (AMD) , Bengalooru (BLR) , Bengalooru (BLR), Chennai (MAA), Cochin (COK) ,Goa (GOI), Hyderabad (HYD) , Jaipur (JAI) , Jammu (IXJ) , Mumbai (BOM), Srinagar (SXR).
IndiGo (E6) : Agartala, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Vadodara
Jagson Airlines (JA) : Shimla , Kullu
Jet Airways ( 9W ) : Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kochi, Khajuraho, Kolkata, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Srinagar, Thiruvanathapuram, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi.
Jet Lite ( S2): Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dibrugarh, Goa, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, J aipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, PortBlair, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar, Thiruvanantpuram, Varanasi, Vishakhapatnam
SpiceJet (SG) : Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Srinagar, Jammu, Guwahati, Chennai, Coimbatore, Goa, Varanasi, Bangalore, Bhopal