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Airports in India

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)

Overview

Formerly known as simply Dum Dum Airport, Kolkata's main airport is now saddled with the long-winded name, Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, though locals refer to it as Kolkata Airport. The airport is located 11 miles (17km) outside of downtown Kolkata, and is a basic facility with only a few shops and restaurants to keep passengers entertained. The real fun at Kolkata Airport is to be had in people-watching, with a diverse mix of eastern and western passengers running about the terminal. Passengers may also stroll around and admire the writings of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, which are inscribed on the walls of the terminal.

Location

The airport is located 17km (11 miles), or 60 minutes drive, from the city centre

Getting to the city

Transport from the airport includes trains, taxis and buses. All modes of transport are easily accessible from the terminals.

Time

Local time is UTC/GMT +5.5 hours

Contacts

+91 (0)33 2511 9977, +91 (0)33 511 8787

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Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)

Overview

The primary airport for India's capital and largest city, Indira Gandhi International Airport is located 10 miles (16km) southwest of New Delhi. The busiest airport in India, the facility was named for former prime minister, Indira Gandhi.

Flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport are available from many destinations worldwide, including London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Mauritius, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and many destinations across the Asian subcontinent. Several low-cost airlines offer cheap flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport, and it's a base for several Indian airlines, including Air India and Air India Express.

Location

The airport is located 10 miles (16km) south-west of New Delhi city centre.

Getting to the city

The airport express Delhi Metro line connects the airport to central New Delhi, and trains run daily between 4.45am and 11.30pm. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) deploys a fairly large fleet of buses to all parts of the city.

Time

Local time is GMT +5.5.

Contacts

+91 (0)11 329 6535, +91 (0)11 565 2011, IGIA Customer Care Line: +91 (0)12 4337 6000.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM)

Overview

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, often referred to simply as Mumbai Airport (and formerly known as Sahar International Airport), is the second-busiest airport in southern Asia.

Processing roughly 29 million passengers each year, Mumbai Airport is made up of two main terminals. Terminal 1 handles domestic flights, while Terminal 2 is reserved for international flights. Transferring between the two takes 15-20 minutes via a free shuttle service that departs every 20 minutes.

Flights to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport come in from all over the world, including Paris, Abu Dhabi, London, Singapore, Mauritius, Tokyo, Amseterdam, Cairo, Atlanta, Bangkok, New York, Frankfurt, Brisbane, Johannesburg and Istanbul; there are also a number of domestic routes to destinations within India.

Location

The airport is located 18 miles (29km) north of Mumbai.

Getting to the city

The Mumbai Suburban Railway Network consists of three lines, namely the Western, Central Main, and the Harbour Lines; all of which connect to various parts of the city. The closest station to Terminal 1 (Vile Parle), is located in Santa Cruz, while the nearest station to Terminal 2 (Andheri) is located in Sahar. Both may be reached via a quick bus or taxi trip from the airport. Buses also travel between the airport and the nearby railway stations of Vile Parle and Andheri. Auto Rickshaws are also available for transfers to public transport.

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 (0)22 2615 6500, Terminal 1: +91 (0)22 2615 6600, Terminal 2: +91 (0)22 2682 9000

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Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)

Overview

Bengaluru International Airport is the revamped gateway to southern India, and is a conspicuously modern and impressive facility. It is situated 25 miles (40km) from central Bengaluru. The airport is also one of the top five busiest airports in India, and its air-conditioned terminal building provides welcome relief to sun-soaked travellers traversing the subcontinent. A number of local low-cost carriers use Bengaluru International Airport as a hub and more than 20 international carriers offer flights to Bengaluru International Airport from major cities in North America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Bengaluru International Airport is a gateway to the 'Silicon Valley of India', as well as many other must-visit Indian destinations such as the backwaters of Kerala, the mystical charms of Mysore and the hedonistic beaches of Goa.

Location

The airport is located around 23 miles (37km) from central Bangalore.

Getting to the city

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) offers a shuttle service called 'VayuVajra' which operates 24 hours a day. The most current BMTC fares, routes and schedules are displayed in the arrivals hall just before the exit.

Time

Local time is GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 888 499 8888

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Kochi International Airport (Formerly Cochin) (COK)

Location

15 miles (25km) north of Nedumbassery. The drive takes from 45mins to an hour.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available outside the main terminal and there are pre-paid taxi desks in the arrivals halls of both terminals. The KSRTC bus stops outside the departures terminal and buses go to a number of areas throughout Kerala. There is no train station at the airport, however the railway line from Kanyakumari to Delhi is adjacent to the airport between Alwaye and Angamaly Railway Stations.

Time

+5.5

Contacts

+91 (0)484 261 0115

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Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)

Overview

Trivandrum International Airport is the principle airport for passengers flying to Kerala province in India, although it also serves as a transit point for flights destined to Sri Lanka, the Middle East and the Maldives. It is a relatively small airport just under four miles (6km) from Thiruvananthapuram (previously known as Trivandrum).

Trivandrum International Airport is not an ideal airport as queues are generally long and service isn't that efficient. However, the international terminal boasts both WiFi and air-conditioning.

Location

3.7 miles (6km) from Thiruvananthapuram

Getting to the city

There is no train or subway service to Trivandrum Airport, though there are train connections in Thiruvananthapuram to other cities in India. The KSRTC Bus service runs from outside the International Terminal to bus terminals at East Fort, Kochi and Kollam, among other stops. Several hotels in the Thiruvananthapuram area offer private shuttles for guests, and there is a prepaid taxi desk in the baggage claim area with fares listed to various destinations.

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 471 270 2600

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Dabolim Goa International Airport (GOI)

Overview

Also known as Dabolim Airport, Goa International Airport is the only airport in the state of Goa, providing a gateway to the exotic beaches and spectacular temples of India.

Situated 2.5 miles (4km) from the village of Dabolim, the airport offers 30-40 flights per day, most of which are domestic routes to other cities in India. There are some international flights to Goa International Airport however, with routes to cities such as Moscow, Amsterdam, London, Doha, Frankfurt and Zurich.

The airport's two terminals offer a small selection of restaurants and shops, including some decent souvenir shops. Queues can be long in peak periods, so passengers should allow plenty of time for checking in.

Location

The airport is located 18 miles (about 29km) southwest of Panaji

Getting to the city

The airport has a train station 1km from the terminals. The Indian Rail line goes to Margoa, about 45 minutes away, as well as to Vasco da Gama, about 2 miles (4km) from the airport. Public buses leave from just outside the airport terminal; pre-paid taxis are available outside the terminal building.

Time

Local time is GMT +5.5.

Contacts

Tel: +91 832 254 0806

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Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (ATQ)

Location

6.8 miles (11km) northwest of Amritsar

Getting to the city

Getting to Amritsar from the airport is easiest by taxis, which are readily available from the city side of the Arrivals area. The nearest bus station is 8 miles (13km) from the airport, and there is no bus service from the airport. There is a free shuttle to the Golden Temple, and many hotels in the area operate airport shuttle services.

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

Tel: +91 183 221 4118

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Chennai International Airport (MAA)

Overview

The fourth-busiest airport in India, Chennai International Airport (formerly known as Madras) is located in Tirusulam, just 4.3 miles (7km) south of Chennai in southern India. The airport is a bustling portal for visitors to India's southern states: Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karkataka and Kerala.

Passengers flying in to Chennai International Airport should be prepared for organised chaos with crowds of touts, taxi-wallahs and beggars milling around. Despite this daunting introduction to India, however, Chennai International is a popular airport, with flights available to dozens of major airports in Asia and Europe.

Location

The airport is located 4.3 miles (7km) south of Chennai's city centre

Getting to the city

There are many options for transfer from the airport, including taxis, auto-rickshaw, bus and train.

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 44 2256 0551

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD)

Overview

Located in the state of Gujarat and serving the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad Airport has four terminals that serve mostly domestic passengers from Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Jaipur. However, there are flights to Ahmedabad from international cities such as New York, Dubai and Singapore.

Ahmedabad Airport is well designed, and the attractive terminal is meant to resemble the kites flown in the city's annual kite festival. While the facilities are basic, there are a number of duty-free shops and restaurants, and there are several convenient options for getting into town. The airport can be especially chaotic around the busy Hajj period, though it has additional facilities to handle the increased traffic.

Location

The airport is located in Hansol, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD)

Location

The airport is located 19 miles (25km) from Hyderabad city centre.

Getting to the city

Pushpak offers a comfortable, air-conditioned bus service to and from a number of destinations within Hyderabad. There is also a bus service to other destinations operated by APSRTC.

Time

GMT +5.30

Contacts

Tel: +91 40 6654 6370

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Kolkata Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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