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Read on for all the information you need about flying internally within India, including how to get tickets, and even some commonly asked questions.

What are domestic flights?

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A domestic flight in India is one which takes off from one location in India, and lands in another location but still in India, meaning they stay within the same country. An example is Delhi (DEL) to Mumbai (BOM), which has a duration of around 2 hours for a direct flight.

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

Use our search bar at the top of the page to enter your start and end locations to see what cheap flights Alternative Airlines offer. Alternatively, you may be interested in our multi-city stop flights, if you are planning on visiting multiple destinations within India.

Why book internal flights within India?

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, culture at Rajasthan and Jaipur, to the more obvious tourist spots such as the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple at Amritsar.

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

Popular Routes

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

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Internal Indian Flights 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 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 scheduled departure time.


- Online: Web check-in if open 72 hours to 2 hours before scheduled departure time.

- 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 scheduled departure time.

Jet Airways (temporarily ceased operation)

- Online and Mobile: 48 to 1 hour before your flight for Premiere class and Economy JetPrivilege Platinum passengers. 48 to 4 hours for Economy JetPrivilege Gold and Economy all other guests.

- Airport: 2 to 1 hour before flight departure, except passengers travelling from Jammu, Leh or Srinagar airport where airport check-in will end 2 hours before.

Jet Lite (ceased operation)

As JetLite is a subsidiary of Jet Airways, their check-in restrictions are the same. Please read the information above to discover the check-in information for JetLite flights.

Star Air

- Online and Mobile: 24 hours before scheduled departure time.

- Airport: Check-in closes 60 minutes before departure time.


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 India, Alliance Air, IndiGo, SpiceJet 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 GoAir, AirAsia India, Alliance Air, Air India, SpiceJet 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 into the city from the airport.

Airlines that fly there:

IndiGo, SpiceJet, TruJet, Vistara, GoAir 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 Vistara, US Bangla Airlines, TruJet, SpiceJet, IndiGo, and Alliance Air.


Do I need a passport for domestic flights in India?

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Currently, a passport is not required for Indian nationals when travelling on within 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 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 domestic flights in India specific information, 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 flights 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.

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.

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