Commercial Airlines in India

Commercial Airlines in India

Indian Airlines is the only state-owned airline in the country. Liberalization of the aviation sector has meant that a number of private airlines have been formed and are now competing with Indian Airlines. Private airlines too which fly to several important cities in the country. Some of the private airlines are: Damania, Jet Airways, Sahara, Archana Airways and Skyline NEPC among others.

Major Commercial Airlines in India

Air India

It is the national flag carrier of India with a worldwide network of passenger and cargo services. It is the only state-owned airline in the country, having recently merged with Indian Airlines. Its main bases are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai and Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. The airline connects 146 international and domestic destinations around the world, including 12 gateways in India with Air India Express, a fully-owned subsidiary of Air India.

Air-India Express

It is a low-cost airline subsidiary of Air India based in Mumbai, India. It operates services mainly to the Middle East. Its main base is Cochin International Airport, Kochi, with a hub at Trivandrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram.

Alliance Air

It was a low-cost airline based in New Delhi, India. It operates 357 weekly flights to 44 domestic destinations and was a subsidiary of Indian Airlines. Its main base is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. Following the merger of Indian Airlines with Air India the airline’s 737-200 aircraft were withdrawn from service and the airline was renamed Air India Regional.

Blue Dart Aviation

It is a cargo airline based in Chennai, India. It operates scheduled night express cargo flights including domestic and regional charters. It has an in-house maintenance capability and provides aircraft maintenance and engineering support to other airlines. Its main bases are Chennai International Airport, Hindustan Airport, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport and Indira Gandhi International Airport, with hubs at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Deccan Airline

It is an airline based in Bangalore, India. It was India’s first low-cost carrier. Its main base is HAL Bangalore International Airport, with a secondary hub at Chennai International Airport, Chennai.

Kingfisher Airlines Limited

It is an airline based in Bangalore, India. It is a major Indian airline operating 218 flights a day and has an extensive network of 37 destinations, with plans for regional and long-haul international services. Its main bases are Bangalore International Airport, Bangalore, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai and Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

Deccan Aviation

It is an aviation company based in Bangalore, India that owns the airline Air Deccan and operates helicopter and fixed-wing charter services. Its main base is HAL Bangalore International Airport.

GoAir

It is a low-cost airline based in Mumbai, India. It operates domestic passenger services to 11 cities with 385 weekly flights. Its main base is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.

IndiGo Airlines

It is a private domestic low-cost airline based in Gurgaon, India. It operates domestic services linking 14 destinations. Its main base is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

Jet Airways (India) Ltd.

It is an airline based in Mumbai, India, operating domestic and international services. It operates over 360 daily flights to 43 destinations across India and 15 destinations around the world. Its main base is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai with other major hubs at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, Anna International Airport, Chennai, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, Bangalore International Airport, Bangalore, and Brussels Airport, Brussels.

JetLiteĀ  formerly Air Sahara

It is an airline based in New Delhi, India.Controlled by Jet Airways, the airline operates scheduled services connecting metropolitan centres in India. The airline also provides helicopters which are available for charter services and aerial photography. Its main base is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, with hubs at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, Chennai International Airport, Chennai, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport,Ahmedabad and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata.

Paramount Airways

It is an airline based in Madurai, India. It operates scheduled services, mainly targeting business travelers. Its hub is Chennai International Airport.

MDLR Airlines

It is an airline based in Gurgaon, near Delhi, India. It operates scheduled domestic services.

SpiceJet

Its a low-cost airline based in New Delhi, India. It began service in May 2005. It was voted as the best low-cost airline in South Asia and Central Asia region by Skytrax in 2007.