Air India Express is an Indian low-cost carrier airline based in Kochi, India. The airline is a subsidiary of the airline Air India. Air India Express flies to over 30 destinations within Southeast Asia and the Middle East and operates 649 flights per week. Currently, the airline is transporting 4.3 million passengers per year.
Air India Express was founded in 2005 and launched 3 flights between Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Kochi. The airline was launched as a low-cost carrier in order to provide convenient connectivity to short to medium-haul international routes, in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for the Indian expatriate community. As it is a low-cost carrier, the airline operates point-to-point flights without any hub.
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Air India Express is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India.
The airline operates flights to at least one or international destinations from each of the following domestic airports, excluding Vijayawada, from which the airline operates a popular route to Mumbai.
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|Delhi||Indira Gandhi International Airport||DEL|
|Bangalore||Kempegowda International Airport||BLR|
|Mangalore||Mangalore International Airport||IXE|
|Kannur||Kannur International Airport||CNN|
|Kochi||Cochin International Airport||COK|
|Kozhikode||Calicut International Airport||CCJ|
|Thiruvananthapuram||Trivandrum International Airport||TRV|
|Mumbai||Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport||BOM|
|Amritsar||Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport||ATQ|
|Jaipur||Jaipur International Airport||JAI|
|Chennai||Chennai International Airport||MAA|
|Coimbatore||Coimbatore International Airport||CJB|
|Madurai||Madurai International Airport||IXM|
|Tiruchirappalli||Tiruchirappalli International Airport||TRZ|
|Lucknow||Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport||LKO|
|Varanasi||Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport||VNS|
Air India Express' international bookings represent a large percentage of the airline's operations. The airline flies to cities in countries in Asia and the Middle East, including United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Singapore.
|Bahrain||Manama||Bahrain International Airport|
|Oman||Muscat||Muscat International Airport|
|Qatar||Doha||Hamad International Airport|
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi International Airport|
|United Arab Emirates||Al Ain||Al Ain International Airport|
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai||Dubai International Airport|
|United Arab Emirates||Ras Al Khaimah||Ras Al Khaimah International Airport|
|United Arab Emirates||Sharjah||Sharjah International Airport|
|Singapore||Singapore||Singapore Changi Airport|
|Saudi Arabia||Dammam||King Fahd International Airport|
|Saudi Arabia||Riyadh||King Khalid International Airport|
Passengers are permitted 1 x 7kg / 15 lbs of hand luggage for their Air India Express flights. The dimensions of this item must not exceed the combined dimensions of 115cm / 45in (L+W+H).
In addition to the 7 Kg / 15 lbs hand baggage allowance, each passenger is permitted an additional laptop, carried in a laptop Bag.
Please don't make any prohibited items in your carry-on baggage. This includes liquids over 100ml, sharp objects and flammable liquids. Any prohibited items found by airport security will be removed and disposed.
All passengers are entitled to a free checked baggage allowance. Air India Express designates baggage allowances depending on the route travelling. Please note that the following information is intended as a guide and will be confirmed during the booking process. During certain periods the airline may increase the free baggage allowance on selected destinations, based on seasonal trends.
The sum of the combined dimensions must not exceed 62inches (158cm). This is calculated by adding the length, breadth and height.
If you require extra baggage, Air India Express provides advance purchase of pre-booked excess baggage in two slabs: 5KG & 10KG. The price for which varies based on routes and seasonality - for more information, please contact our customer service team, who will be happy to help.
Air India Express lets you check-in online 24 hours before your flight departure time. We advise that you check-in online in order to speed up your airport journey.
Once you've checked in online, please ensure that you have printed your boarding pass or have your e-ticket saved on your mobile ready to show at the airport.
The airline’s check-in counters are open 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure time. The counters close 60 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time.
Please note that check-in deadlines may vary at different airports, so passengers are encouraged to check the recommended check-in times of the departure airport.
As a low-cost carrier, Economy Class is the only cabin class that Air India Express offers.
Economy Class seats are standard and comfortable. The seats are set out in a 3 x 3 formation and each seat has 29–30 inches of seat pitch and is 17 inches wide.
Economy Class is dedicated to providing the highest level of service, while ensure fares are affordable. Toilet facilities are available onboard all flights. In contrast to many other LCCs, Air India Express offers complimentary snacks and hot drinks, as well as affordably priced a-la-carte meals which can be pre-booked before flying. It is easy to do this during the booking process, where it is also possible to select a special meal to meet your dietary requirements.
Entertainment: As Air India Express is low-cost airline, the airline doesn't provide in-flight entertainment for Economy passengers.
Wi-Fi: Not available on-board flights.
Passengers are able to pre-book their seats on Air India Express flights (on most sectors). This service is available at the time of booking, or you can contact our customer service team, and must be done up to 24 hours prior to scheduled departure. Seats available for pre-selection: Window, Middle & Aisle.
Air India Express does not provide any meals free of charge, but does provide a complimentary snack box onboard their flights. In addition, passengers can purchase additional snacks or a hot meals and fruits in advance of flying. Meals must be preordered at least 24 hours before flying - you can do this easily by contacting our customer service team. Meals available to purchase include breakfast, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, hot lunches and dinners including Indian inspired cuisine, and also sandwiches and snacks such as chicken dishes and fruit.
Air India Express do not offer specific meals for and dietary requirements, as there is no full meal provided on their flight. Alternatively, passengers can bring their own food with them on the plane.
Air India Express provide passengers complimentary tea/coffee and water when a meal is ordered. In addition, passengers can purchase drinks from the drinks service during their flight.
Air India Express doesn't have a Premium Economy Class.
Air India Express doesn't offer a Business Class cabin.
Air India only has an Economy Class cabin and therefore doesn't offer First Class.
The airline does not currently operate a frequent flyer program.
The airline is not part of an airline alliance.
As of January 2022, Air India Express operates Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
|AIRCRAFT TYPE||NUMBER IN SERVICE||Orders||SEATS|
Cochin International Airport is an international airport located in Kochi, Kerala, India. As Kerala’s largest and busiest airport, 2018- 2019 saw the airport handle around 10.2 million passengers from nearly 72 thousand aircraft movement. It's the busiest and largest airport in the state of Kerala and the 4th biggest airport in South India.
In 2015, Cochin International Airport because the world’s first fully solar-powered airport, and as a result has received a ‘Champion of the Earth’ award by the United Nations. This airport operates 3 passengers terminals and 1 cargo terminal. Terminal 1 was recently renovated and now handles over 4,000 passengers per hour, this is 5 times more than the previous capacity. Terminal 1 operates domestic flights, whereas Terminal 3 operates international flights. Terminal 3 opened in 2017 and consists of 5 entry gates 85+ check-in counters and 80+ immigration counters.
The airport is the hub for Air India Express, but also a focus city for IndiGo, Air India and Spice Jet. Other airlines that fly from Cochin International Airport include Jazeera Airways, Oman Air, Vistara, Kuwait Airways, IndiGo and more.
Passengers who require special services while travelling with Air India Express, are encouraged to contact our customer service team to discuss your needs - our team will then contact the airline on your behalf.
Air India Express will accept unaccompanied minors between 5 years and 16 years of age. This will need to be arranged with the airline, so we suggest contacting our customer service team to discuss the airline’s requirements.
Children below the age of 12 years who are travelling with anyone other than their parents will have to submit an Indian Embassy (Destination Point) attested letter stating so.
If you require wheelchair assistance for your airport journey, please contact Alternative Airlines. We will inform Air India Express that you or a member of your party will need a wheelchair assistance.
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12 February 2020
Air India Express has announced a new route from Tiruchirappalli to Doha effective from March 31, 2020. This route will be operated by the Boeing 737-800.
The flight will operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. SriLankan Airlines is currently the only operator for this route, offering an indirect flight via Katunayake, Sri Lanka.