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Indian Ocean Flights

Indian Ocean Flights

Do you plan on flying across the Indian Ocean? Or are you heading to one of the stunning islands which can be found within the Indian Ocean? Discover the best airlines to fly with!

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What are Trans Indian Ocean Flights?

The Indian Ocean is the third-largest of the world's oceans, responsible for about 19.8% of the water on the Earth's surface. The ocean is bounded by Asia to the north, Africa to the west, and Australia to the east. Trans Indian Ocean flights are those which fly over the Indian ocean.

India is in a particularly central location, at the head of the Indian Ocean. The country is a key gateway and thriving transportation hub, with long-established contact via sea and air with Europe, Africa and West Asia from its Western coast, Australia from its Southern coast, and South and South-Eastern Asia from its Eastern coast.

Airlines that operate Trans Indian Ocean Flights


Emirates is one the world's largest airline and is based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The airline connects 85 countries across six continents, including a number of trans Indian Ocean flights. This includes connecting Australia (including Melbourne, Sydne and Perth) with Dubai, as well as South Africa and a number of destinations in East Asia (including Bangkok and Bali).

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is the flag carrier of Qatar, connecting the Middle East to numerous destinations across 80 countries. The airline operates a number of trans Indian Ocean flights, connecting Doha with Australia, South Africa, and many destinations within East Asia.

Top Indian Ocean Destinations

Many of the top airlines in the world offer economy flights to popular destinations located within the Indian Ocean. All of the most popular islands within the Indian Ocean have a large international airport. For example, airlines that fly to Mauritius include British Airways, Emirates, and Air Mauritius, providing direct flights from the UK and Asia, as well as easy connections from the US.

Tip Tip: All of the islands of the Indian Ocean are equally diverse and beautiful in their own right. To experience them all, catch a flight between multiple islands during your trip! For example you can be absorbing the buzzing nightlife of Colombo one evening, and then be relaxing on the soft white sands of a beach in the Maldives on the next day.

Airlines that operated Indian Ocean Flights

Air Seychelles

The Seychelles is an incredible archipelago made up of approximately 115 islands. Discover presting beaches, diverse marine life, a lush tropical landscape, incredible nature reserves and even rare animals (including the giant Aldabra tortoise!).

Air Seychelles operates a number of trans Indian Ocean flights, including flights to Mumbai, in India.

Air Mauritius

Air Mauritius is the national flag carrier of the island of Mauritius, a dramatic, volcanic island in the Indian Ocean which is known for its pristine beaches and sandy beaches. The airline operates a number of trans Indian Ocean flight routes, including flights from Mauritius to India (including Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai) as well as flights to China (including Shanghai and Hong Kong).

Airlines by Island

Discover which airlines fly to some the most popular islands within the Indian Ocean:

Andaman Islands

  • Country: India
  • Primary Airport: Veer Savarkar International Airport (IZX)
  • Airlines: Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara

Christmas Island

  • Country: Australia
  • Primary Airport: Christmas Island Airport (XCH)
  • Airlines: Toll Global Express, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, Malindo Air (charter), Garuda Indonesia (charter)

Lakshadweep Islands

  • Country: India
  • Primary Airport: Agatti Airport (AGX)
  • Airlines: Air India, Alliance Air

Langkawi Islands

  • Country: Malaysia
  • Primary Airport: Langkawi International Airport (LGK)
  • Airlines: AirAsia, China Southern Airlines, Firefly, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Qatar Airways, Scoot, TUI Airways


  • Country: Madagascar
  • Primary Airport: Ivato International Airport (TNR)
  • Airlines: Air Austral, Air France, Airlink, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Comores Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Tsaradia, Turkish Airlines


  • Country: Maldives
  • Primary Airport: Velana International Airport (MLE)
  • Airlines: Maldivian, AirAsia, Air India, Bangkok Airlines, Emirates, Gulf Air, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, and others


  • Country: Mauritius
  • Primary Airport: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
  • Airlines: Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, TUI Airways, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Emirates, Edelweiss Air, British Airways, and others

Penang Island

  • Country: Malaysia
  • Primary Airport: Penang International Airport (PEN)


  • Country: Thailand
  • Primary Airport: Phuket International Airport (HKT)
  • Airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Thai Smile, Thai AirAsia, Spring Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Malindo Air, Myanmar National Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Air China, AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, and others


  • Country: Seychelles
  • Primary Airport: Victoria-Seychelles Airport (SEZ)

Sri Lanka

  • Country: Sri Lanka
  • Primary Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)


  • Country: Tanzania
  • Primary Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
  • Airlines: Coastal Aviation, Precision Air, Air Tanzania, Mango, Tropical Air, Zan Air, Turkish Airlines, flydubai, and others

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Indian Ocean Flights FAQs

What are Trans Indian Ocean flights?

Trans Indian Ocean flights are flights that fly across the Indian Ocean. Trans Indian Ocean flights can fly between destinations in India, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Europe.

How long are Trans Indian Ocean flights?

The total flight duration for a direct flight from Australia (Perth) to India (Mumbai) is 10 hours, 30 minutes (approx). Direct flights from South Africa (Johannasburg) to India (Mumbai) is 9 hours and 30 minutes (approx).

Where can I book Trans Indian Ocean flights?

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