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Alternative Airlines is a flight search and booking site that makes it easy to book domestic flights within India. With Alternative Airlines, you can book flights in English and rely on our trusted customer service team to help you with your booking. To begin, simply enter your chosen departure and arrival destinations into the search form at the top of the page.

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Pay for your India domestic flights the way you want

When you book your flights in India with Alternative Airlines, you can pay using the currency of your choice, whether that's using Euros, Dollars, or even Indian Rupee. You can also choose to pay using PayPal, PayPal Credit, or one of our other payment plan options.

You can also book your domestic flights in India and pay later using one of our flexible Buy Now Pay Later payment options at checkout such as Afterpay and Klarna.

Other payment options in India:

  • Lazypay (currently unavailable at Alternative Airlines)
  • Simpl (currently unavailable at Alternative Airlines)
  • UPI (currently unavailable at Alternative Airlines)
  • Pine Labs (currently unavailable at Alternative Airlines)

Airlines operating domestic flights in India

Domestic flights in India are provided not only by a local airline, but also by other airlines which have multiple destinations within India. These airlines can be anything from full-service airlines to low-cost carriers. Airlines include:

Air India

The flag carrier of India, operating international flights as well as domestic flights. It also has a subsidiary airline called Air India Express and Alliance Air. The airline has a hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, flying to destinations like Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and many more.


Vistara is a full-service airline based in Gurgaon, India operating over 300 weekly flights to over 20 domestic destinations including New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and many more. The airline is owned by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines.

IndiGo Airlines

IndiGo is a low-cost airlines based at Gurgaon, India and carrying over 300 million passengers annually to over 80 destinations. As a low-cost airline, it only operate a fleet of Airbus A320 with a seating capacity of 180 passengers to destinations such as Bangalore, Goa, Allahabad, Lucknow, Mumbai and many more.


A low-cost airline based in Gurgaon, India, previously named Royal Airways. the airline is now flying to over 50 domestic destinations including Chennai, Bagdogra, Gaya, Tirupati, Ahmedabad, Indore and many more. A fleet of Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft are being deployed for the airline from its hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Go First

Go First, which was founded as GoAir, is an ultra-low-cost Indian airline based in Mumbai. The airline has 6 operating bases in Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kannur, Kolkata and Mumbai. Go First currently flies to over 35 destinations within India as well as Thailand, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Nepal and more.

Star Air

Star Air is an Indian airline based in Kempegowda Interational Airport and only operates domestic flights and some commuter flights for the region. The domestic destinations that the airline is flying to are Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Belgaum, Tirupati, Kalaburagi, Hubli, Indore, Mumbai, Ajmer and Ghaziabad.

Zoom Air

Zoom Air is a domestic full-service carrier in India based at Indira Gandhi International Airport, flying to seven domestic destinations including New Delhi, Agra, Jaisalmer, Tezpur, Jorhat, Kolkata and Durgapur.

AirAsia India

AirAsia India is an airline that is headquartered in Bengaluru, India. The airline flies to over 15 destinations in India using a fleet mainly consisting of Airbus A320-200s. Some of the domestic destinations AirAsia India flies to include Dabolim, Srinagar, Ranchi, Kochi, Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad and many more.

Akasa Air

Akasa Air is a brand new Indian low-cost airline that commenced operations in August 2022. Its first flight took place on the 7th of August flying from Mumbai to Ahmedabad with a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Akasa Air currently flies to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Mumbai and Chennai, with plans to fly to Delhi from the beginning of October 2022.

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Why book a domestic flight?

Whether you are travelling within India for work and require a commuter flight, travelling for a holiday with family or wanting to explore the whole of India with a multi-city or open-jaw flight, Alternative Airlines can find flights to suit you.

As one of the largest countries in the world, and the second-most populated country in the world, there’s no wonder that there’s so much to see and do in India. From luxurious beaches in Goa and culture in Rajasthan and Jaipur to the more obvious tourist spots such as the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple at Amritsar.

You can get to sites such as these and other destinations from major cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Goa.

Domestic flight check-in times

Although the check-in time will often be later for domestic flights than it is for international flights, the times will vary from airline to airline. Here are a few popular airlines along with their check-in times for web check-in and airport check-in:

Air India

- Online: 48 - 2 hours before for most flights. For some flights, this will be available 54 hours before your flight.
- Airport: At the airport, passengers will have to have checked in for their flight at least 75 minutes before departure.


- Online: Passengers can check in for their flights 48 hours before departure. This service closes 1 hour before departure.
- Airport: Check-in counters will close 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

IndiGo Airlines

- Online: Passengers can check in online anytime, up to 1 hour before flying.
- Airport: Check-in at the airport will close 45 minutes prior to departure time, although passengers are recommended to check in around 2 hours before flying.


SpiceJet check-in is only available for domestic flights.
- Online: Web check-in is open from the time of confirmed booking up to two hours before the scheduled departure time.
- Airport: Passengers need to be at the boarding gate at least 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

Go First

- Online: Web check-in is open 72 hours to 2 hours before the scheduled departure time. Please note that web check-in is restricted in the following destinations: Kuwait, Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh, Doha and Sharjah.
- Airport: Check-in will open 2 hours before and close 45 minutes before the flight is scheduled to depart. For flights from Srinagar and Jammu, check-in will be closed 90 minutes before, and flights from Bagdogra will close 120 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Star Air

- Online and Mobile: 24 hours before scheduled departure time.
- Airport: Check-in closes 60 minutes before departure time.

Zoom Air

- Online and Mobile: Opens 24 hours before scheduled departure time. Closes 3 hours prior to departure.
- Airport: Check-in opens 2 hours before departure and closes 45 minutes prior to departure.

AirAsia India

- Online and Mobile: You can check in online 2 weeks prior to departure up until 1 hour before the scheduled departure time.
- Airport: Opens 2 hours before departure and closes 1 hour before departure for domestic flights.

Akasa Air

- Online and Mobile: Available from 48 hours up to 1 hour before departure for domestic flights.
- Airport: Check-in at the airport for Akasa Air flights is currently not available. Instead, you can check in via the mobile app.

Popular routes and airports

Flights to Goa

Best Airport to Fly Into:

When going to Goa, you will need to fly to Goa International Airport, which is officially known as Dabolim Airport. This airport is located about an hour away from the city of Goa, but there are great connections to the city from the airport.

Airlines that fly there:

There are a number of airlines which fly to Goa Airport from destinations across India. These include Air IndiaFly91, Alliance Air, IndiGoSpiceJet and Vistara.


Flights to Mumbai

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Mumbai Airport, officially known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, is the closest airport to Mumbai.

Airlines that fly there:

Most of the major Indian carriers operate flights from Mumbai to other destinations in India. These include GoAirAirAsia India, Alliance Air, Air IndiaSpiceJet and Vistara.


Flights to Hyderabad

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, sometimes referred to as Hyderabad Airport, is the closest airport to the city of Hyderabad. Located just 24km outside of Hyderabad, there are good connections to the city from the airport.

Airlines that fly there:

IndiGoSpiceJetTruJetVistaraGoAir and Alliance Air all operate flights from other destinations in India to Hyderabad. There are in addition a number of other airlines which connect Hyderabad to the world through flights to destinations elsewhere in the world.


Flights to Chennai

Best Airport to Fly Into:

To get to Chennai, you will need to fly into Chennai International Airport.

Airlines that fly there:

To get to Chennai from a destination within India, you can fly on airlines such as VistaraUS Bangla AirlinesTruJetSpiceJetIndiGo, and Alliance Air.


Flights to Guwahati

Best Airport to Fly Into:

To reach Guwahati in Northeast India, we recommend flying into Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, the primary airport that serves Guwahati.

Airlines that fly there:

You can fly to Guwahati from a destination with India using Air IndiaVistaraSpiceJetIndiGoAlliance Air and AirAsia India. There is also a new start-up airline planning to launch in Guwahati in November of 2023 - Jettwings Airways.

The most popular routes in India:

The following is a list of the most popular Indian internal flights:

  • Delhi ✈ Mumbai
  • Delhi ✈ Bangalore
  • Mumbai ✈ Bangalore
  • Delhi ✈ Kolkata
  • Delhi ✈ Hyderabad
  • Delhi ✈ Pune
  • Mumbai ✈ Goa
  • Delhi ✈ Chennai
  • Mumbai ✈ Chennai
  • Mumbai ✈ Hyderabad
  • Delhi ✈ Ahmedabad
  • Bangalore ✈ Hyderabad
  • Mumbai ✈ Kolkata
  • Delhi ✈ Lucknow

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Domestic Flight FAQs

Do I need a passport for domestic flights in India?

Currently, a passport is not required for Indian nationals when travelling on flights within India. However, passengers are required to have a valid form of identity. This could include the following:

  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Election Voter Photo Card
  • PAN Card (issued by the Income Tax department)
  • Photo Identity cards issued by the Government
  • Photo public and reputed Private sector organisations (issued by their employer, government or private organisation)
  • Photo Credit Card

For children or students at school, a college or school identity card is also considered acceptable proof of identification. Infants travelling with their parents should not require identification, assuming that their parents have valid identification. However, it is recommended that children under 2 who travel for free without a seat on the plane take their birth certificate with them, to prove their age.

Passengers who are not Indian nationals, but are foreign nationals will need a passport on their Indian internal flights. Read more about travel documents for flights here.

How early do I need to arrive for flights within India?

Generally, passengers won’t need to arrive as early for their flights as they could if they were flying internationally. Please see the check-in times above for popular Indian airlines to see the latest check-in time, and plan your arrival at the airport around that.

When is the best time to find cheap tickets?

There are many tips and tricks you can follow to help get cheap flights in India. For example, our blog on the cheapest day to buy flights is good for finding general tips about booking cheap flights. However, for information about domestic flights in India, you should do your research and look up peak times for visiting India, and things such as big events in the areas you are planning to travel to which might bump the price up.

How much baggage can I take on domestic flights within India?

Baggage will depend on the airline you are flying with. When searching and selecting a flight on Alternative Airlines, the included baggage will be displayed, with additional baggage available for purchase displayed as an option.

Can I book domestic flights online?

Yes! You can book any flight in India online at Alternative Airlines. Simply use the search bar above to enter your flight search, select your desired flights and simply continue on with the payment process. The flight booking process is simple, we also have a step-by-step guide to help you. Here at Alternative Airlines, we offer lots of payment plan options, ranging from Klarna to Affirm, Afterpay, and PayPal Credit to Zip and ZestMoney. Discover all our ways to pay.

Are fruits allowed on domestic flights?

You will have to get the permission of the airline you are flying with to see if you are allowed to take fruits with you on your flight. Read more about the foods you can fly with here, or alternatively, you can check out our information about booking an airline meal if you’d prefer a meal on your flight.

Can I book flights on EMI?

Yes, you can! Book flights through Alternative Airlines to pay on EMI. We offer lots of pay-monthly options, including Tabby and Postpay. Visit our guide to booking flights on EMI to find out more.

What is the UDAN Scheme?

‘UDAN’ is short for ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik’, and refers to an extensive regional connectivity scheme in India. The UDAN scheme is aimed at providing affordable air travel on regional routes, while expanding networks and boosting connectivity. Under the scheme, the government in India is providing concessions and financial motivation for airlines to participate, with capped airfares that will be subsidised by the government.

You can find out more about the UDAN scheme here at Alternative Airlines.