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Websites that can help you find cheap flights:

Gone is the time when you have to dial airlines’ numbers individually and asked for their best rates. Calling every airline and comparing their prices was a very long and drawn-out process. But now you have the ability to easily compare flight prices online using comparison websites.

Kayak.com: Kayak.com will compare flights for multiple websites and if you find a price that's right for you, you can be redirected to that specific site.

farecast.com: This is another great website. It shows you (with about 70% accuracy based on historical fare trends) whether you should buy your ticket now, or wait until a certain date. It's always worked for me in the past.

Orbitz.com: Orbitz is helpful for comparing flights as it gives listing of all of the major airlines side by side for easier comparison. You can also choose a "flexible date" search where you give a range of dates that you are willing to travel within for a cheaper flight.

Hotwire.com: hotwire.com is another good flight comparison website. Keep in mind that Hotwire requires you to pay for your flight in advance in exchange for lower rates and there are no refunds or changes allowed. Hotwire helps you out by suggesting airports near your chosen city that could be a much less expensive option for your trip.

Expedia.com: Expedia is good at finding flights with flexible stay. Expedia also has a travel rewards program that will allow you to accrue points towards travel or gifts whenever you book your flight at their website, so keep this in mind when you're choosing your final options.

Travelocity.com: Travelocity.com has low deals and low fare alerts section which can alert you when a good rate on a flight to your desired city becomes available.

Priceline.com: Priceline.com is different in the sense that you can bid for fares. You can submit an offer on Priceline.com for the flight of your choice. Below the standard search is an option to "bid now." Tell it what you want to pay for your flight. If you pay the "Name Your Own Price" bid and within 24 hours find an even lower fare, it'll give you back the difference.

Jet Airways announces its second daily flight to London from Mumbai, effective July 10, 2006.

Flight No. Origin Departure Time Destination Arrival Time
9W 120 Mumbai 0125 London (Heathrow) 0645
9W 119 London (Heathrow) 0930 Mumbai 2300
The above timings are local timings. You could also avail of a special economy class return fare on our Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector.

Jet to start direct flights from Amritsar to London


Vijay C Roy / New Delhi/ Amritsar June 21, 2006
Come June 28, and Jet Airways will start six direct Amritsar-London flights a week from the Rajasansi International Airport.
The service is specially aimed at Punjabi NRIs and there will be daily flights except on Tuesday. The airport has already allotted a slot to Jet Airways, which will be operating Boeing 747 aircraft on this route.
The Rajasansi International Airport is the only international airport in Punjab and in recent times it has emerged as a very important origin and destination point for natives of the state settled in Europe and America.
Experts says nearly half the passenger traffic from the state to Europe, US and Canada on Air India preferred to travel from Amritsar.
No doubt the NRI population of Punjab will bring a major chunk of business for Jet Airways. Besides, it will facilitate travel for a substantial number of people of the state who visit London every year.
At present, there is no direct flight to London and three airlines -- Uzebekistan, Air Slovakia and Turkemenistan -- operate flights to London from here and passengers have to go via Arab countries or Russia. The direct flight will take about nine hours to reach London, compared with 12-15 hours now.
According to a Jet Airways spokesperson, “In keeping with our endeavour to introduce newer and innovative ways to provide our passengers with the finest flying experience, we are starting non-stop flights between Amritsar and London. We will offer three class configurations of premiere, premium economy and economy.”
He further said, “The fare has not been finalised yet, but it will certainly be cheaper than that of other airlines. We will also introduce promotional fares.”

Air France Increases Services To India

"Air France continues to develop its network to India, one of the world's fastest-growing markets.

Starting on 30 October 2006, Air France will operate three weekly flights to and from Chennai (Madras) using its own aircraft (the service is currently operated on a code-share basis with Delta Air Lines aircraft and crew).

The flight will be operated using an Airbus A340 seating 291: 30 in l'Espace Affaires and 261 in Tempo. The aircraft is equipped with the New Air France Travel Concept cabin for enhanced passenger comfort.

Schedules will be particularly well-suited to passengers with short connections at Paris-Charles de Gaulle on their way to and from other Air France destinations:

Flight AF 158: CDG2 10:20 a.m. - Chennai 00:25 a.m. local time.
On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flight AF 157: Chennai 02:10 a.m.- CDG2 08:35 a.m. local time.
On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

These flights will also be sold by Delta Air Lines.

Chennai is the largest city in Southern India and the capital of the dynamic Tamil Nadu state. Its IT sector is growing exponentially, as are other highly diversified industrial activities, for example telecommunications, chemical, automobile and textile industries, to name only a few. Gateway to Tamil Nadu, cradle of the Dravidian civilization, close to Pondicherry and Kerala, Chennai is the cultural capital of Southern India and an outstandingly popular destination with tourists.

In addition to launching flights to Chennai, Air France will be increasing capacity on other flights between Europe and India, with seven weekly flights from Paris to Bangalore instead of five. The Paris-Mumbai (Bombay) route will be operated using Boeing 777-300s with 310 seats instead of the Boeing 777-200s with 270 seats operated last winter.

In all, Air France's capacity to India will be increased by 27.

Together, Air France and KLM will offer 42 weekly frequencies (instead of 36 last year) to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The networks and fares of the two airlines may be combined, including to and from India, forming a vast network based around the hubs at Charles de Gaulle and Schiphol so that passengers can travel either via Paris or via Amsterdam.

Air France press release 19.06.2006

Delta to discontinue Chennai flights

T.S. Shankar

CHENNAI: Delta Airlines, which began its daily Boeing-767 service to New York through Paris from Chennai on May 11 last year, will sever its Chennai connection from November 1.

Airline and airport sources told The Hindu that the U.S. carrier had announced scaling down of its Chennai operation with a tri-weekly link effective August 5 till October 27. Air France was marketing the Delta Airlines product under a code-share arrangement for the Chennai-Paris-Chennai sector.

Against this backdrop, it is interesting that Air France has announced introduction of its direct thrice-a-week Airbus-340 operations to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport from October 30, offering 30 business and 261 economy class seats, fulfilling the long-felt demand of travellers in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

But with Air France announcing its Chennai link, Delta Airlines would code-share with Air France the Chennai-Paris-Chennai sector. Air France's presence in India will increase: it already operates daily services to Mumbai and Delhi, offering five-times-a-week link to Bangalore. It is set to augment it as daily connection from November this year.

According to sources, the airline will, however, operate the new Boeing-777-200 jet aircraft between Mumbai and New York City.