Indian internal airlines
Kingfisher Airways The same Kingfisher that makes beer also fly's the smartest planes in India. Connections to all the best places including naturally Goa - Kingfisher land. First class all the way - the only draw back is the duel pricing system you pay more for not being Indian. A bit more expensive than other Indian airlines - but well worth it!
Spice Jet No frills, but they got style and as many free cookies as you can eat. Very cheap.
Air Deccan Very dodgy website and frankly not recommended for flights either except when every other means of transport has been attempted.
Indian Airways Old school and some very old planes - be careful.
Paramount Airways Brand new airline.. Limited routes.
GoAir Another new kid on the block - colourful and full of fun. Lots of routes to Goa.
IndiGo Yet another new airline - seems almost to specialise in flights to Goa.
JetLite Is this rebranded Air Sahara for the internal market? - It seems like it...
It’s slightly worrying that many of these sites don’t work 100%. Bad links, badly designed systems (that waste your time) payment gateways that don’t accept certain cards cards, including from time to time non Indian cards.
One hopes that the airlines are run better than their websites! This is India.
That said. The best by far for quality (and beats any European airline) is Kingfisher - but they are getting more expensive - and they can tell if your computer is not in India and charge you more and in dollars (very sneaky).
Spice jet remains the best and best value. Book with them if you can.
Here is the international list (as at Oct 07).
Jet Airlines Good reports, a fast expanding Indian airline with global ambitions. From Heathrow to Delhi only.
Virgin Atlantic Depends which plane you get. The older ones are less comfy and the in flight entertainment systems are past there best. Get a new plane and you are in seventh heaven. From Heathrow to Mumbia.
British Airways Fly the flag, good old fashioned service and fine standards. From Heathrow to Mumbia or Bangalore. Plenty of cheap flights from both these cities to Goa.
Monarch Airways Charter flights direct to Goa from Heathrow or Manchester. Not recommended.
BMI Flights from Heathrow to Mumbia.
Emirates - We have an Indian friend who travels on business a lot to India. He only flies Emirates - longer flights with stops in Dubai but great service and some good deals.
From the UK:
You can fly direct.. If you want but take my advice and take a flight via Mumbia (Bombay). The direct flights to Goa currently are all charter flights and seem to take hours longer, and land at the international terminal at Goa airport, otherwise known as Hell. Don’t do it! Travel to Mumbia and take a cheap short flight to Goa domestic (relative bliss) terminal.
The flights direct to Mumbia in the main are decent long haul flights that treat you like humans rather than chickens - you will arrive more relaxed and not have to face hours of queues to get into India.
Enjoy a night in Mumbia and then trip down to Goa or if you can get a connecting flight the connecting flight will seem like just a hop.
There are many Cheap internal airlines - see the list below.
Before you leave you will need a visa in your passport. This is a typically complex process, if you want to see 1950’s style bureaucracy in action then do it yourself and take a trip to the Birmingham, London or Edinburgh Indian High Commissions. But if you don’t have a day to spend queuing then think about using a visa service. Here one I can recommend.
Alternatively you could get a package holiday - list here.