What are my flight options between Ahmedabad and New York & New Jersey?

Ahmedabad or Amdavad is the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat, and the fifth-largest city in India, with a population of 5.6 million people. It is reachable from any point in Gujarat by a journey of no longer than 470km. At the turn of the 20th century, it was one of the biggest centres for textile manufacturing in the world. Today it serves as an important hub of manufacturing, services, education and technology for Gujarat.

The Gujarati community in the United States has made many achievements in establishing long-running businesses, especially in New Jersey. While the grocery store Patel Brothers is already a household name, Gujarati-Americans also control more than 40% of the motel industry in the United States. Additionally, they dominate in franchising American restaurant chains such as Subway and Dunkin Donuts across the United States and Canada.

The community’s success is largely due to the fact that people follow those who succeed. If a Gujarati wants to open up a motel or franchise business, for example, he will have ready access to experienced investors and advice from within the community.

How many flights and airlines can New Yorkers and New Jerseyans choose from when planning for travel to Ahmedabad?

In 2016, India’s national carrier, Air India wanted to tap into the niche Gujarati-American market, and began direct flights from New York JFK to Ahmedabad (AMD), with a halt in London (LHR). However, Air India’s uncompetitive in-flight offerings (largely due to its debt woes) resulted in a poor demand, and ultimately, the route was cancelled in 2018.

Ahmedabad is served by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD). Established in 1937, it is one of India’s oldest airports, but it only began serving international flights in from the 1990s. Currently, the furthest route west from Sardar Patel Airport is to London-Heathrow (LHR) operated by Air India.

Long haul carriers based in the Middle East such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Kuwait Airways carry passengers directly from Sardar Patel Airport (AMD) to their respective hubs in Dubai (DXB), Doha (DOH), Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Kuwait City (KWI).

These four middle-eastern airlines operate direct flights to New York (JFK) from their home cities. Emirates operates an additional flight to Newark (EWR) from Dubai (DXB) via Athens (ATH).

Ahmedabad Airport is well connected to Delhi and Mumbai by flights operated by Air India, IndiGO, SpiceJet, GoAir and Vistara; thus providing convenient connections to New York and New Jersey bound flights operated by Air India, Delta and United.

Currently, Air India operates one daily flight to Delhi from New York (JFK), and one daily flight to Mumbai from Newark (EWR). It suspended its Mumbai-JFK route on March 10, 2019, and this slot will be taken over by Delta Airlines starting December 22, 2019.
United Airlines also operates daily flights to Delhi and Mumbai from its hub at Newark (EWR).

Therefore there are around 10 solid options to choose from if you are intending to fly to Ahmedabad (AMD) from New York (JFK) and New Jersey (EWR). I have summarized these options in the following table:

AirlineFlight #FromToNon-Stop to AMD
1.Air IndiaAI 102JFK DELMultiple flights
2.Air IndiaAI 106
Suspended
March 10, 2019
JFKBOMMultiple flights
3.Air IndiaAI 144EWRBOMMultiple flights
4.DeltaDL 24JFKBOMMultiple flights
5.UnitedUA 82EWRDELMultiple flights
6.UnitedUA 48EWRBOMMultiple flights
7.EmiratesEK 202JFKDXBEK 538
FZ 437
6E 72
SG 16
8.EmiratesEK 224
EK 210 via ATH
EWRDXBEK 538
FZ 437
6E 72
SG 16
9.EtihadEY 100JFKAUHEY 288
EY 252
10.QatarQR 702JFKDOHQR 534
QR 8610
QR 8612
QR 8614
11.KuwaitKU 118JFKKWIKU 345
6E 1754

How would you find the best on flight package between Ahmedabad and New York

Of course, not every flight combination may be suitable depending on time and budget constraints. This is why, we have posted below some of the best deals on flights between Ahmedabad and New York and New Jersey, for up to a year in advance.

The Cheapest Flights from New York to Ahmedabad for the Year Ahead
Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

LH 7602

Apr 30, 2020

Aug 23, 2020

2 stops

1 171

UA 48

Jan 07, 2021

Jan 15, 2021

1 stop

767

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New York City: America’s financial heartbeat

New York City is famous for being the financial, cultural and media capital of the world. It is the most populous city in the United States, with more than 8 million people living within its municipal boundaries. Another 12 million people live within the New York Metropolitan area.

Home to both NYSE and NASDAQ, New York is the heart of the world's economic engine. Close to 200,000 people work in New York's financial sector, generating a $70 billion in profit yearly.

New York is home of the Broadway with over 40 professional theatres representing the English-speaking theatre at the highest levels. It is also the centre of television production and sitcoms in the United States. ABC, CBS, and NBC are all headquartered here.

The city is also home to more than than 200 newspapers and 350 consumer magazines. The most prominent newspapers and tabloids amongst them include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Daily News and The New York Post.

New York City has remained the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States and has the largest foreign-born population of any metropolitan region in the world.

The city's landmarks are also major tourist destinations in New York. Some well known New York City locations known worldwide are Times Square, The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park and One World Trade Centre.

New York City is primarily served by three airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia (LUA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). More than 135 million passengers pass through these airports every year.

From bargain hotels to the world famous Waldorf Astoria and mid-range hotels in between, this is no shortage of accommodation in New York City for the occasional or frequent traveller. However, choosing a place to sleep all depends on the purpose of your visit and where you will be spending most of your time.

 

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See the best deals on airfare to Hyderabad from Mumbai

Mumbai is India’s financial and commercial capital, with the country’s most important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Securities and Exchange Board of India located here.

Since the beginning of the new millennium, Hyderabad has become a world leader in exporting software. Microsoft’s largest R&D campus outside the United States is located here, along with the India offices of Google, Amazon, Samsung, Facebook, Oracle, Apple and many more.

Mumbai and Hyderabad are two major centres of India’s film industry. Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood – the Hindi film industry.
Mumbai’s Film City, the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri, is also spread over 500 acres next to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

Hyderabad is the centre of production for the Telugu Cinema. Some of the world’s largest film studios are found in Hyderabad such as the Ramoji Film City, Ramanaidu Studios and Annapurna Studios. Together, Mumbai and Hyderabad produce around 700 films every year.

The Genome Valley business district, located just north of Hyderabad is India’s hub of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. It is home to the state-owned research centres such as the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, the National Institute of Nutrition, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and the state-owned drug manufacturer Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals. These companies have attracted private drug research and manufacturing firms to Hyderabad and establishing a $3 billion market in this sector.

An ever-increasing demand for time-saving travel between Mumbai and Hyderabad by the finance, technology and pharmaceutical sectors has made the Mumbai-Hyderabad route one of the busiest air routes in India. Around 3.8 million people fly every year between these two cities.

There are currently 25 daily departures each way between Mumbai and Hyderabad, with flights lasting 1 hour and 25 minutes. The largest operators between these two cities (with the number of daily departures each way) are IndiGo (11), SpiceJet (6), Air India (5) and Vistara (2).

The Charminar, an Icon of Hyderabad, Photo by Anumeha Shukla [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The cheapest return flights for this month

Below are some of the best deals is you are flying between Hyderabad and Mumbai in the next 30 days. You can sort the tables by Price, Dates and Airlines by hitting the table-headers.

Mumbai to Hyderabad (BOM-HYD): the next 30 days

Hyderabad to Mumbai (HYD-BOM): the next 30 days

The cheapest return flights for the year ahead

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Mumbai to Hyderabad (BOM-HYD): the next 365 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

I5 726

Apr 24, 2020

Apr 25, 2020

Direct

3 603

AI 560

May 08, 2020

May 11, 2020

Direct

3 682

  

Hyderabad to Mumbai (HYD-BOM): the next 365 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

I5 712

Apr 20, 2020

Apr 20, 2020

Direct

3 547

AI 559

Jun 20, 2020

Jun 25, 2020

Direct

3 373

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The Gateway of India in Mumbai. Photo by Gursikander, via Wikimedia Commons

Hyderabad Airport

Hyderabad is served by the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD). It is located on the south side of the city in Samshabad. It is India's sixth busiest airport, handling around 21 million passengers per year. It connects to more than 50 cities in India and around 15 cities internationally.

The most popular domestic destinations from Hyderabad are Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM), Bengaluru (BLR) and Chennai (MAA). Dubai (DXB) and Muscat (MCT) are the most popular international destinations. Hyderabad also has direct flights to London Heathrow (LHR) on British Airways and to Hongkong (HKG) on Cathay Pacific.

The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) operates air-conditioned "Pushpak" buses to designated stops in the city at every 30-minute interval. This is the cheapest and the most convenient way to get from the airport to the city.
Air-conditioned cabs operated by Skycab and Meru are readily available at the airport exits. If you are a woman travelling alone, then ordering a She Cab is your safest option. This is a service operated by women for women, with an emergency system directly connected to the police.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). It is located mostly in Vile Parle, but also expands out into Andheri East in the North and Santa Cruz East in the South. It is India's second busiest airport after Delhi in terms of both passenger and cargo traffic, handling around 950 aircraft movements per day, and more than 49 million passengers per year.

Mumbai Airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 in Santa Cruz for domestic flights and Terminal 2 in Andheri for both International and Domestic flights. It serves more than 45 cities Internationally and 58 cities in India. The most popular destinations from Mumbai are to Delhi (DEL), Bengaluru (BLR) and Hyderabad (HYD). Dubai (DXB) is the most popular international destination from Mumbai, followed by Bangkok (BKK), Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Singapore (SIN).

While taxis are readily found just outside the terminal exits, public transport is also available via buses in the same area, taking you to the train stations on the main line, and bus depots in Sion and Ghatkopar.

A secondary airport to Mumbai's CSIA (BOM) is currently being constructed in Navi Mumbai (NMIA). Multiple delays have pushed back the airport's expected opening to 2021.

The next closet fully operational airport is at Pune (PNQ) which is approximately 160km south east of Mumbai.

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Grab the best deals on flights to Hyderabad from Delhi

Delhi and Hyderabad are India’s most historic cities, steeped in tradition, royal lineage and well renowned for their delicious food. Both cities are centres of art and culture for their respective regions but share the same love and passion for the Hindustani languages. Today, both Delhi and Hyderabad are emerging centres of Information Technology, Software and research in South Asia.

Since the start of the new millennium, Hyderabad has become a world leader in exporting software. Microsoft’s largest R&D campus outside the United States is located here, along with the India offices of Google, Amazon, Samsung, Facebook, Oracle, Apple and many more.

The Genome Valley business district, located just north of Hyderabad is India’s hub of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. It is home to the state-owned research centres such as the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, the National Institute of Nutrition, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and the state-owned drug manufacturer Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals.
These companies have attracted private drug research and manufacturing firms to Hyderabad and establishing a $3 billion market in this sector.

Delhi is the capital of India and the seat of its central government. It is known for being India’s largest retail market for every kind of product imaginable, with markets going back to several centuries. It is an important tourist destination due to its history and status. Some of India’s best-known symbols, such as the Red Fort, the Qutb Minar, India Gate, the Jama Masjid are found in Old Delhi.

Dehli’s suburb of Grugram or Gurgaon is also a leading financial and industrial hub of India. It is known for providing outsourcing solutions to the English speaking world in software, IT, service and sales via call-centres. Around 250 international corporations maintain an office in Gurugram, with some companies such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, BMW and Honda having their Indian headquarters there.

The historical importance of Delhi as the centre of north India and the growing demand for Hyderabad for opportunities in the high-tech industry has called for an increase in demand for travel between the two cities. Taking a plane between Delhi’s Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) takes 2 hours and 20 minutes.

With 3 million people flying annually between Delhi and Hyderabad on 27 daily flights, it is the fifth busiest air-route in India. The largest operators between these two cities (with the number of daily departures each way) are IndiGo (11), Air India (5), Vistara (4), GoAir (3) and SpiceJet (2).

The Charminar, an Icon of Hyderabad, Photo by Anumeha Shukla [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Below are some of the best deals is you are flying between Delhi and Hyderabad in the next 30 days. You can sort the tables by Price, Dates and Airlines by hitting the table-headers.

Delhi to Hyderabad (DEL-HYD): the next 30 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

I5 726

Apr 24, 2020

Apr 25, 2020

Direct

3 675

Hyderabad to Delhi (HYD-DEL): the next 30 days

The cheapest return flights for the year ahead

If your plans for travel are further down the year, make sure to bookmark this page and visit again often. You can sort the tables by Price, Dates and Airlines by hitting the table-headers.

Delhi to Hyderabad (DEL-HYD): the next 365 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

I5 726

Apr 24, 2020

Apr 25, 2020

Direct

3 603

AI 560

May 08, 2020

May 11, 2020

Direct

3 682

  

Hyderabad to Delhi (HYD-DEL): the next 365 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

I5 712

Apr 20, 2020

Apr 20, 2020

Direct

3 547

AI 559

Jun 20, 2020

Jun 25, 2020

Direct

3 373

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The Qutub Minar, a symbol of Delhi. Photo by Sonu1232, via Wikimedia Commons

Hyderabad Airport

Hyderabad is served by the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD). It is located on the south side of the city in Samshabad. It is India’s sixth busiest airport, handling around 21 million passengers per year. It connects to more than 50 cities in India and around 15 cities internationally.

The most popular domestic destinations from Hyderabad are Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM), Bengaluru (BLR) and Chennai (MAA). Dubai (DXB) and Muscat (MCT) are the most popular international destinations. Hyderabad also has direct flights to London Heathrow (LHR) on British Airways and to Hongkong (HKG) on Cathay Pacific.

The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) operates air-conditioned “Pushpak” buses to designated stops in the city at every 30-minute interval. This is the most cheapest and convenient way to get from the airport to the city.
Air-conditioned cabs operated by Skycab and Meru are readily available at the airport exits. If you are a woman travelling alone, then ordering a She Cab is your safest option. This is a service operated by women for women, with an emergency system directly connected to the police.

Delhi Airport

The Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi is India's busiest airport, handling close to 70 million passengers annually. It is served by 74 airlines that fly to 66 domestic and 68 international destinations around the world. Domestic travel is the most popular Delhi airport. The most important destinations are Mumbai (BOM), Bengaluru (BLR), Kolkata (CCU) and Hyderabad (HYD).

Delhi Airport is spread over an area of 5 thousand acres. Further expansion and upgrades are proposed to bring its capacity to handle 100 million passengers annually by the next ten years. There are three passenger terminals, out of which two are scheduled for demolition and upgrades. Terminal 3 is the newest and the biggest terminal in operation. All international airlines and domestic airlines such as Air India, Vistara, IndiGo and SpiceJet operate from here.

The airport is directly connected to the Delhi Metro at Terminal 3. Several buses provide connections from here to the centre of the city, with some shuttling between major hotels. You can also book a pre-paid taxi to your destination, by buying a voucher from prepaid booths, operated directly by Delhi Police.

Delhi has a secondary airport being developed at Hindon (HDX) in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, but as of writing, it serves only two destinations to Hubli (VDX) and Pithoragarh (IDX). The date of commencement for full operations has on several occasions, been pushed back due to security concerns.

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How we get you the best deals on flights to Bengaluru from Mumbai

Mumbai and Bengaluru are two of India’s most cosmopolitan cities. Millions of people from all over India have sought to build their dreams here and advance their quality of life. Mumbai is India’s financial and commercial capital, with the country’s most important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Securities and Exchange Board of India located here. Bengaluru is called the Silicon Valley of India, for its role in leading the country in the Information Technology sector.

Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood – India’s Hindi film industry. It one of the largest centres of film production in the world with about 400 films made every year at the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitra Nagari (Film City). Bollywood movies are popular for their ‘Masala’ genre: films that freely mix action, comedy, romance, music and drama into a single story.

Bangalore or Bengaluru, is India’s third-largest city after Delhi and Mumbai. Many major engineering and technology companies such as Infosys, Wipro, Hindustan Aeronautical and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are headquartered here.

Besides the official language, Kannada, many other languages such as English, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam have spoken widely in Bengaluru, thanks to the incoming migration of people of all backgrounds and cultures. The city now boasts a vast array of restaurant types and cuisines complemented by the fact that Bangaloreans consider eating out as part of their identity.

An ever-increasing demand for time-saving travel between Mumbai and Bengaluru by the finance and technology sectors has made the Mumbai-Bengaluru route one of the busiest air routes in the world. Around 3.8 million people fly every year between these two cities. There are currently 28 daily departures each way, with flights lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The largest operators between Bengaluru and Mumbai (with the number of daily departures each way) are IndiGo (14), Air India (5), GoAir (4), SpiceJet (3) and Vistara (2).

Sunset over the city of Bengaluru. Photo by KshitizBathwal, via Wikimedia Commons

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Below are some of the best deals is you are flying between Bengaluru and Mumbai in the next 30 days. You can sort the tables by Price, Dates and Airlines by hitting the table-headers.

Mumbai to Bengaluru (BOM-BLR): the next 30 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

I5 308

Apr 21, 2020

Apr 30, 2020

Direct

3 235

I5 302

Apr 22, 2020

Apr 25, 2020

Direct

3 201

Bengaluru to Mumbai (BLR-BOM): the next 30 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

SG 9126

Apr 18, 2020

Apr 26, 2020

Direct

3 310

I5 303

Apr 29, 2020

May 28, 2020

Direct

3 245

 

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Mumbai to Bengaluru (BOM-BLR): the next 365 days

  

Bengaluru to Mumbai (BLR-BOM): the next 365 days

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The Gateway of India in Mumbai. Photo by Gursikander, via Wikimedia Commons

Bengaluru Airport

Bengaluru is served by the Kempegowda International Airport (BLR), named after Nadaprabhu Hiriya Kempe Gowda, who founded the city of Bengaluru in 1537 AD. It is located near the village of Devanahalli, about 40 km north of the city. It is India's third busiest airport after Delhi and Mumbai, handling around 600 aircraft movements per day, and more than 33 million passengers per year.

The Airport has a single terminal and a single runway handling both International and Domestic flights. It connects to more than 50 cities in India and around 24 cities internationally. The most popular domestic destinations from Bengaluru are Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM) and Hyderabad (HYD) and Kolkata (CCU). Dubai (DXB) is the most popular international destination from Bengaluru, followed by Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Singapore (SIN) and Colombo (CMB).

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operates air-conditioned and non-airconditioned buses to the city at every 15-minute interval. This is the cheapest and the most convenient way to get from the airport to the city. Air-conditioned taxi cabs are readily available at the airport exits. You can also take ride-sharing services such as Uber and Ola, which are popular throughout Bengaluru.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). It is located mostly in Vile Parle, but also expands out into Andheri East in the North and Santa Cruz East in the South. It is India's second busiest airport after Delhi in terms of both passenger and cargo traffic, handling around 950 aircraft movements per day, and more than 49 million passengers per year.

Mumbai Airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 in Santa Cruz for domestic flights and Terminal 2 in Andheri for both International and Domestic flights. It serves more than 45 cities Internationally and 58 cities in India. The most popular destinations from Mumbai are to Delhi (DEL), Bengaluru (BLR) and Hyderabad (HYD). Dubai (DXB) is the most popular international destination from Mumbai, followed by Bangkok (BKK), Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Singapore (SIN).

While taxis are readily found just outside the terminal exits, public transport is also available via buses in the same area, taking you to the train stations on the main line, and bus depots in Sion and Ghatkopar.

A secondary airport to Mumbai's CSIA (BOM) is currently being constructed in Navi Mumbai (NMIA). Multiple delays have pushed back the airport's expected opening to 2021.

The next closet fully operational airport is at Pune (PNQ) which is approximately 160km south east of Mumbai.

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Due to a strategic partnership, you may find prices shown at JetRadar lower than when searching directly on partner websites.

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We bring you the best deals on flights to Kolkata from Delhi: see how

Kolkata is the principal commercial and educational centre of East India. While Delhi is the administrative capital of India and the seat of its central government, Kolkata is considered to be the “cultural capital” of India. Bengalis, in general, are appreciative of art, music and literature. They also traditionally welcome new talent, which makes Kolkata a preferred destination for new artists to gain recognition.

Kolkata was the largest city in India until the 1970s when it was overtaken by Mumbai. It has long been associated with India’s heavy industries with headquarters and manufacturing units of companies such as the Birla Corporation, Exide Industries, the Emami Group, Berger Paints and Coal India Ltd located here.
Today, Kolkata is diversifying with the rise of the Information Technology and Service sectors in the city.

Delhi, the capital of India, is known for being India’s largest retail market for every kind of product imaginable, with markets going back to several centuries. Delhi is an important tourist destination due to its history and status. Some of India’s best-known symbols, such as the Red Fort, the Qutb Minar, India Gate, the Jama Masjid are found here.

The adjacent city of Grugram or Gurgaon is a leading financial and industrial hub of India. It is known for providing outsourcing solutions to the English speaking world in software, IT, service and sales via call-centres. Around 250 international corporations maintain an office in Gurugram, with some companies such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, BMW and Honda having their Indian headquarters there.

Delhi and Kolkata are historically interlinked. People have travelled back and forth between these two centres since their founding. Today taking the plane between Delhi’s Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Around 3.5 million people fly every year between Delhi and Kolkata. There are around 30 daily departures each way between the two cities, thereby making this air route among the top 40 of the busiest in the world.

Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial, one of the most iconic buildings of the city. Photo by DeepanjanGhosh, via Wikimedia Commons

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Below are some of the best deals is you are flying between Delhi and Kolkata in the next 30 days. You can sort the tables by Price, Dates and Airlines by hitting the table-headers.

Delhi to Kolkata (DEL-CCU): the next 30 days

Kolkata to Delhi (CCU-DEL): the next 30 days

 

The cheapest flights for the year ahead

If your plans for travel are further down the year, make sure to bookmark this page and visit again often. You can sort the tables by Price, Dates and Airlines by hitting the table-headers.

Delhi to Kolkata (DEL-CCU): the next 365 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

I5 548

Apr 18, 2020

Apr 26, 2020

Direct

4 478

SG 1758

May 01, 2020

May 10, 2020

Direct

4 738

  

Kolkata to Delhi (CCU-DEL): the next 365 days

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The Lotus Temple, a Bahá’í house of worship in New Delhi. Photo by A.Savin, via Wikimedia Commons

Kolkata Airport

Kolkata is served by the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU). It is named in honour of the defiant patriot, who attempted to rid India of the British Raj, with the help of Nazi Germany. Netaji himself was fatally wounded in 1945 in a plane crash in Taiwan.

Kolkata Airport is located in the municipality of Dum Dum just north of the city. Prepaid taxis are are available at the airport to take passengers to the city at a rate of ₹400 for a non-AC cab and ₹800 for an AC cab.
Busses from the Airport can also take you to Dum Dum Railway and metro station from where you can take a train south into the city.

Kolkata Airport has direct connections to 40 cities in India, and 18 international destinations, which take no longer than 5 hours to reach. The most popular domestic routes from Kolkata are to Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM) and Bengaluru (BLR). The most popular international destinations from Kolkata are to Dhaka (DAC) and Bangkok (BKK).

Delhi Airport

The Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi is India's busiest airport, handling close to 70 million passengers annually. It is served by 74 airlines that fly to 66 domestic and 68 international destinations around the world. Domestic travel is the most popular Delhi airport. The most important destinations are Mumbai (BOM), Bengaluru (BLR), Kolkata (CCU) and Hyderabad (HYD).

Delhi Airport is spread over an area of 5 thousand acres. Further expansion and upgrades are proposed to bring its capacity to handle 100 million passengers annually by the next ten years. There are three passenger terminals, out of which two are scheduled for demolition and upgrades. Terminal 3 is the newest and the biggest terminal in operation. All international airlines and domestic airlines such as Air India, Vistara, IndiGo and SpiceJet operate from here.

The airport is directly connected to the Delhi Metro at Terminal 3. Several buses provide connections from here to the centre of the city, with some shuttling between major hotels. You can also book a pre-paid taxi to your destination, by buying a voucher from prepaid booths, operated directly by Delhi Police.

Delhi has a secondary airport being developed at Hindon (HDX) in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, but as of writing, it serves only two destinations to Hubli (VDX) and Pithoragarh (IDX). The date of commencement for full operations has on several occasions, been pushed back due to security concerns.

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How we show you the cheapest flights to Bangalore from Delhi

Bangalore or Bengaluru, is India’s third-largest city after Delhi and Mumbai. It is known worldwide as the Silicon Valley of India, for its role in leading the country in the Information Technology sector. Many major engineering and technology companies such as Infosys, Wipro, Hindustan Aeronautical and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are headquartered in Bengaluru.

Millions of highly qualified people from all over India have sought opportunities to further their careers and fulfil their dreams in Bengaluru’s high-tech economy. The incoming migration of people of all backgrounds and cultures has made Bengaluru one of India’s most cosmopolitan cities. Besides the official language, Kannada, many other languages such as English, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam are spoken widely. The city now boasts a vast array of restaurant types and cuisines complemented by the fact that Bangaloreans consider eating out as part of their identity.

Delhi is the capital of India and the seat of its central government. It is known for being India’s largest retail market for every kind of product imaginable, with markets going back to several centuries. It is an important tourist destination due to its history and status. Some of India’s best-known symbols, such as the Red Fort, the Qutb Minar, India Gate, the Jama Masjid are found in Old Delhi.

The adjacent city of Grugram or Gurgaon is a leading financial and industrial hub of India. It is known for providing outsourcing solutions to the English speaking world in software, IT, service and sales via call-centres. Around 250 international corporations maintain an office in Gurugram, with some companies such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, BMW and Honda having their Indian headquarters there.

The historical importance of Delhi as the centre of north India and the growing demand of Bengaluru for opportunities in the high-tech industry has called for an increase in demand for travel between the two cities. Taking a plane between Delhi’s Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. Around 4.5 million people fly every year between Delhi and Bengaluru, thereby making this air route among the top 25 of the busiest in the world
The largest operators between Bengaluru and Delhi (with the number of daily departures each way) are IndiGo (15), SpiceJet (6), Air India (5), Vistara (5), and GoAir (3).

Sunset over the city of Bengaluru. Photo by KshitizBathwal, via Wikimedia Commons

Direct Flights between Bengaluru and Delhi

Direct Flights from New Delhi to Bangalore
Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Price

SG 191

Apr 18, 2020

Apr 18, 2020

5 608

I5 2879

May 01, 2020

May 08, 2020

5 583

Direct Flights from Bangalore to New Delhi
Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Price

I5 722

Apr 21, 2020

Apr 24, 2020

5 266

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Delhi to Bengaluru (DEL-BLR): the next 30 days

Bengaluru to Delhi (BLR-DEL): the next 30 days

 

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Delhi to Bengaluru (DEL-BLR): the next 365 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

SG 191

Apr 18, 2020

Apr 18, 2020

Direct

5 608

I5 757

May 01, 2020

May 08, 2020

1 stop

5 133

  

Bengaluru to Delhi (BLR-DEL): the next 365 days

Airlines Flight number Departure date Return date Stops Price

I5 722

Apr 21, 2020

Apr 24, 2020

1 stop

5 113

I5 741

Jul 01, 2020

Jul 04, 2020

1 stop

6 343

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The Qutub Minar, a symbol of Delhi. Photo by Sonu1232, via Wikimedia Commons

Bengaluru Airport

Bengaluru is served by the Kempegowda International Airport (BLR), named after Nadaprabhu Hiriya Kempe Gowda, who founded the city of Bengaluru in 1537 AD. It is located near the village of Devanahalli, about 40 km north of the city. It is India's third busiest airport after Delhi and Mumbai, handling around 600 aircraft movements per day, and more than 33 million passengers per year.

The Airport has a single terminal and a single runway handling both International and Domestic flights. It connects to more than 50 cities in India and around 24 cities internationally. The most popular domestic destinations from Bengaluru are Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM) and Hyderabad (HYD) and Kolkata (CCU). Dubai (DXB) is the most popular international destination from Bengaluru, followed by Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Singapore (SIN) and Colombo (CMB).

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operates air-conditioned and non-airconditioned buses to the city at every 15-minute interval. This is the cheapest and the most convenient way to get from the airport to the city. Air-conditioned taxi cabs are readily available at the airport exits. You can also take ride-sharing services such as Uber and Ola, which are popular throughout Bengaluru.

Delhi Airport

The Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi is India's busiest airport, handling close to 70 million passengers annually. It is served by 74 airlines that fly to 66 domestic and 68 international destinations around the world. Domestic travel is the most popular Delhi airport. The most important destinations are Mumbai (BOM), Bengaluru (BLR), Kolkata (CCU) and Hyderabad (HYD).

Delhi Airport is spread over an area of 5 thousand acres. Further expansion and upgrades are proposed to bring its capacity to handle 100 million passengers annually by the next ten years. There are three passenger terminals, out of which two are scheduled for demolition and upgrades. Terminal 3 is the newest and the biggest terminal in operation. All international airlines and domestic airlines such as Air India, Vistara, IndiGo and SpiceJet operate from here.

The airport is directly connected to the Delhi Metro at Terminal 3. Several buses provide connections from here to the centre of the city, with some shuttling between major hotels. You can also book a pre-paid taxi to your destination, by buying a voucher from prepaid booths, operated directly by Delhi Police.

Delhi has a secondary airport being developed at Hindon (HDX) in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, but as of writing, it serves only two destinations to Hubli (VDX) and Pithoragarh (IDX). The date of commencement for full operations has on several occasions, been pushed back due to security concerns.

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See the best deals on flights between​ Jeddah and Riyadh

Riyadh is the capital and the largest city of Saudi Arabia with a population of over 7 million residents. Jeddah is its second-largest city with 4 million residents. Both cities are centres of finance, commerce and services of the Saudi kingdom. Along with Yanbu and Jubail, both Riyadh and Jeddah are hubs manufacturing in the country: producing chemicals, machinery, construction materials, clothing, furniture, books and food.

Riyadh is primarily a business and diplomatic destination. It is the political and administrative center of Saudi Arabia with the headquarters of most government bodies located here. Riyadh is also headquarters for a large number of banks such as Al Rajhi Bank, Riyadh Bank, and Arab National Bank and major companies like SABIC, Ma’aden, Amarai and Nadec. In addition, every publicly quoted company on Tadawul (Saudi Stock Exchange) is compelled by law to have an office in the city.

For more than 1400 years, seaport of Jeddah has channelled goods into the Arabian peninsula and has been a gateway to the holy city of Makkah. Over 2 million people pass through Jeddah every year and proceed to Makkah to perform the Hajj and Umrah. Jeddah is also known for its banking sector, its glam malls, upscale department stores and a beautiful waterfront on the Red Sea.

Riyadh is served by the elegantly furnished King Khaled International Airport (RUH). It is the largest airport in the world by land area. Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport (JED) is the busiest in Saudi Arabia, with direct connections to more than 110 destinations domestically and internationally.

The Jeddah-Riyadh air-route is one of the busiest in the world with 95 flights every day and serving over 5.5 million passengers annually. The largest operators between Jeddah and Riyadh (with the number of daily departures each way) are Saudia (20), Flyadeal (15) and Flynas (12).

Jeddah at midnight. Photo by Shereef jamal [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Riyadh to Jeddah (RUH-JED): the next 365 days

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F3 4640

Apr 15, 2020

Apr 18, 2020

Direct

325

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Jeddah Airport

Jeddah is served by the King Abdul Aziz International Airport (JED), named after Saudi Arabia’s founder and the first king. It is the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia in terms of passenger traffic, serving over 34 million passengers annually. More than 70 airlines fly from Jeddah to 130 destinations worldwide. All of the capitals of the Middle East and North Africa are within two hours of flying distance from here.

The most popular domestic destinations from Jeddah are to Riyadh (RUH), Abha (AHB) and Dammam (DMM) and Jazan (GIZ). The most popular international routes from Jeddah are to Cairo (CAI), with around 13 daily flights, followed by Dubai (DXB), Kuwait City (KWI), Khartoum (KRT) and Instanbul (IST).

The airport features a specially designed and purpose-built Hajj Terminal, which has welcomed millions of pilgrims to the holy city of Makkah since 1981. It operates only for three months during the Hajj and remains closed for the rest of the year. The terminal features Teflon-coated fibreglass tents suspended from pylons. It is not enclosed by walls and has natural ventilation, making it an environmentally friendly building. The atmosphere during the Hajj is like a village filled with pilgrims waiting for their bus or flight, shopping in the souk and praying at the mosque within.

Jeddah Airport is undergoing a massive expansion and upgrade to annually accommodate over 80 million passengers by 2035. While the current North and South Terminals continue to operate, a new terminal is being constructed just east of the South Terminal, spread over an area of 200 acres. The new terminal will integrate multimodal transport facilities, a mosque, and a hotel with 120 suites.

Riyadh Airport

Spread over an area of 225 square kilometres, Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport (RUH) is the secondlargest airport in the world by land area, just behind Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport (DMM). Riyadh is served by around 40 airlines connecting to more than 80 cities around the world.

The most popular domestic destinations from Riyadh are to Jeddah (JED), Abha (AHB) and Dammam (DMM) and Jazan (GIZ). The most popular international routes from Riyadh are to Cairo (CAI), followed by Bahrain (BAH), Kuwait City (KWI), Amman (AMM) and Muscat (MCT).

Riyadh’s airport is beautiful and lavishly decorated, showcasing the Kingdom’s desert roots and wealth to its visitors. A mosque that can accommodate up to 5000 worshippers sits centrally in the passenger terminal. It is one of the first structures passengers see when arriving. The airport also has one of the world’s tallest control towers, standing at 81 meters (266 ft).

There are three operational terminals for passengers that are connected to each other by walkways. Terminal 2 is used SkyTeam Alliance members including Saudia and Flynas. Terminal 1 is used by all other International airlines. Terminal 5 is used for all domestic flights by Saudia, Flynas, Flyadeal and Saudi Gulf. It is linked with Riyadh Metro’s Yellow Line.

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Where we find the cheapest flights to Mumbai from Delhi

Mumbai and Delhi are India’s largest cities, each with a population of over 18 million residents. Both are the wealthiest cities in the country and its economic engines. Mumbai is India’s financial and commercial capital, with the country’s most important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, located here.

Delhi is the capital of India and the seat of its central government. It is known for being India’s largest retail market for every kind of product imaginable, with markets going back to several centuries. Delhi is an important tourist destination due to its history and status. Some of India’s best-known symbols, such as the Red Fort, the Qutb Minar, India Gate, the Jama Masjid are found here.

Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood – India’s Hindi film industry. It one of the largest centres of film production in the world with about 400 films made every year at the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitra Nagari (Film City). Bollywood movies are popular for their ‘Masala’ genre: films that freely mix action, comedy, romance, music and drama into a single story.

Delhi is served by the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). It is the busiest airport in India, followed only by Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). With more than 65 departures each way, the Mumbai-Delhi route is the third busiest in the world carrying over 7 million passengers annually.

The largest operators between Mumbai and Delhi (with the number of daily departures each way) are IndiGo (18), Air India (18), Vistara (13), SpiceJet (10) and GoAir (9). The demand for these flights is ever-increasing, even when Mumbai airport struggles to open more slots and facilitate parking.

The Gateway of India in Mumbai. Photo by Gursikander, via Wikimedia Commons

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The Lotus Temple, a Bahá’í house of worship in New Delhi. Photo by A.Savin, via Wikimedia Commons

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). It is located mostly in Vile Parle, but also expands out into Andheri East in the North and Santa Cruz East in the South. It is India's second busiest airport after Delhi in terms of both passenger and cargo traffic, handling around 950 aircraft movements per day, and more than 49 million passengers per year.

Mumbai Airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 in Santa Cruz for domestic flights and Terminal 2 in Andheri for both International and Domestic flights. It serves more than 45 cities Internationally and 58 cities in India. The most popular destinations from Mumbai are to Delhi (DEL), Bengaluru (BLR) and Hyderabad (HYD). Dubai (DXB) is the most popular international destination from Mumbai, followed by Bangkok (BKK), Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Singapore (SIN).

While taxis are readily found just outside the terminal exits, public transport is also available via buses in the same area, taking you to the train stations on the main line, and bus depots in Sion and Ghatkopar.

A secondary airport to Mumbai's CSIA (BOM) is currently being constructed in Navi Mumbai (NMIA). Multiple delays have pushed back the airport's expected opening to 2021.

The next closet fully operational airport is at Pune (PNQ) which is approximately 160km south east of Mumbai.

Delhi Airport

The Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi is India's busiest airport, handling close to 70 million passengers annually. It is served by 74 airlines that fly to 66 domestic and 68 international destinations around the world. Domestic travel is the most popular Delhi airport. The most important destinations are Mumbai (BOM), Bengaluru (BLR), Kolkata (CCU) and Hyderabad (HYD).

Delhi Airport is spread over an area of 5 thousand acres. Further expansion and upgrades are proposed to bring its capacity to handle 100 million passengers annually by the next ten years. There are three passenger terminals, out of which two are scheduled for demolition and upgrades. Terminal 3 is the newest and the biggest terminal in operation. All international airlines and domestic airlines such as Air India, Vistara, IndiGo and SpiceJet operate from here.

The airport is directly connected to the Delhi Metro at Terminal 3. Several buses provide connections from here to the centre of the city, with some shuttling between major hotels. You can also book a pre-paid taxi to your destination, by buying a voucher from prepaid booths, operated directly by Delhi Police.

Delhi has a secondary airport being developed at Hindon (HDX) in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, but as of writing, it serves only two destinations to Hubli (VDX) and Pithoragarh (IDX). The date of commencement for full operations has on several occasions, been pushed back due to security concerns.

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Emirates links Mexico City with Barcelona and Dubai with daily flights

Emirates has announced a new daily service from Dubai (DXB), that will fly to Mexico City (MEX) while making a stopover in Barcelona (BCN).

The Dubai-Barcelona-Mexico City route is scheduled to begin on December 9, 2019. Emirates will fly the Boeing 777-200 LR, in a two-class cabin configuration comprising of 38 Business Class seats and 264 seats in the Economy Class.

While the passenger service to Mexico-City is a first for Emirates, its SkyCargo planes have already been flying to Mexico since 2014, carrying over 22,500 tonnes of goods annually. Some of the best-known products arriving from Mexico include: avocados, mangoes and auto-parts.

Emirates is the second Airline to have scheduled passenger service from Mexico City to the Middle East.
Turkish Airlines began to fly passengers from Istanbul to Mexico City from August 21, 2019. The flight makes a stop in Cancún, allowing passengers to deboard. However, no new passengers board the flight between Cancún and Mexico City.

Flight #DepartsArrivesLayoverDepartsArrives
EK 255Dubai at 3:30 amBarcelona at 8:00 am1:55 hBarcelona at 9:55 amMexico City at 4:15 pm
EK 256Mexico City at 7:40 pmBarcelona at 1:25 pm (+1 day)1:45 hBarcelona at 3:10 pmDubai at 12:45 am (+2 days)
Flight #Dubai – BarcelonaLayoverBarcelona – Mexico CityTotal Journey time
EK 2557:30 h1:55 h13:20 h23:15 h
Flight #Mexico City – BarcelonaLayoverBarcelona – DubaiTotal Journey time
EK 25610:45 h1:45 h6:35 h19:05 h

Why is there no direct route from Dubai to Mexico City ?

Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) is located at an altitude of 2,230 meters (7316 feet) above sea level. Combined with year-round average temperatures of 23°C and average humidity levels of less than 60% through the year, this high-altitude poses a challenge for pilots during take-off and landing.

The shortest distance between Dubai and Mexico city is calculated to be around 14,345 km. The maximum range of a Boeing 777-200 LR is 17,370 km, but this range is only obtainable when the air-craft is void of passengers and its cargo hold empty.

The hot and thin air of Mexico-City offers little resistance to aircraft when landing, making it harder to slow down. When taking off, the aircraft will require a greater distance to ascend to the required altitude, thus spending more fuel.

Another natural phenomenon that aircraft need to face is Jetstreams. These are wind currents, blowing from west to east, at high altitudes of 30,000 to 52,000 feet (9 to 16 km) with high speeds from 90 km/hr to 180 km/hr. When flying west, airplanes travel at slower cruising speeds while pushing against these winds, and using more fuel. Turbulences can occur when winds change direction.
Which is why, from the above tables, you can see that flying west toward Mexico City takes 4 hours and 10 minutes longer, than the return flight to Dubai.

Airlines will travel inside Jet-Streams when flying east to take advantage of being pushed at the tailwind, giving a boost in speed, fuel economy and saving time even if the the route taken will be longer and meandering.

While flying from west to east is faster, you will still lose an entire day in travelling thanks to our time-zones advancing west to east. (The rotation of the earth, from west to east, however, does not have any effect on the length of the flight because everything, including the atmosphere, rotates along with it).

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Mexico City: Capital of the Aztecs

With a population of nearly 9 million people, Mexico City is the largest city in North America. Its metropolitan area has a population of more than 21 million people. Mexico-City is the oldest capital in the Americas. It was established by the Aztecs as their capital in 1325 A.D. as Tenochtitlan on Lake Texcoco. It was captured by the Spanish in 1521 and rebuilt as the centre of Spanish colonial power. Today, it is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.

Mexico City is a leading financial and economic centre of Latin America. Its economy is dominated by the service sector, supported by its large population. Most international corporate offices in Mexico and the headquarters of Mexican companies are located in the city's districts of Polanco and the ultra-modern business district of Santa Fe. The city's financial centre is in the district of Zona Rosa, which also boasts an active nightlife with numerous hotels, bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the area.

The manufacturing industry in Mexico City is dominated by the production of construction materials such as iron, steel, bricks and cement. Other important goods include textiles, plastics and furniture.

With a vibrant culture and a rich history of human habitation spanning more than 12,000 years, tourism is one of Mexico City's most important industries. The Tlatilco and the Cuicuilco are the oldest civilizations that established the earliest settlements in 1200 BC. These cultures were completely replaced by the Teotihuacans in 200 BC. By 1 AD, the valley of Mexico already had more than  125,000 inhabitants. By the 900 AD, the Toltecs began to dominate over the Valley.

The Toltecs are considered the predecessors of the Aztecs, who established the great city of Tenochtitlan in 1325 AD on the now extinct Lake Texcoco, in present-day Mexico City. The Aztec Empire stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, and at its height, Tenochtitlan had a population of around 200,000 people. The Spanish conquistadors overpowered the Aztecs in 1521, and besieged Tenochtitlan with help of other natives who wanted to be free from Aztec domination.

Today, the Centro Historico district stands on the original foundations of Tenochtitlan. The ruins of Templo Mayor, unearthed in the 1970s, are now an open-air museum. Most of the buildings in Centro Historico date back to the 16th century when the city of rebuilt to Spanish colonial preferences. You will find here, some important landmarks of Mexico City such as the Palacio Nacional, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo Nacional de Arte, Museo Franz Mayer and the Plazas of la Constitución (El Zócalo) and Santo Domingo.

Mexico remained a colony of the Spanish Empire until armed conflict broke out in 1810. This war of independence lasted until 1821, when the independent First Mexican Empire was established. The next hundred years were marked with conflict, both internally and externally, until the Mexican Civil War (Revolution) between 1910-20 transformed the country into a strong Presidency with lasting social changes and a flourishing economy.

Mexico-City witnessed a devastating earthquake in 1985,  on an 8.1 magnitude on the Richter scale. Between 9000 and 30000 perished and the memory of these victims remains fresh amongst the inhabitants of the city.

México-City Airport

Mexico-City is served by Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX), named after the reformist hero who reduced the influence of the church and the army over the Mexican Society. He is credited for the withdrawal of the French Empire out of Mexico restoring democracy after a time of political unrest.

While it has non-stop flights to more than 50 airports in the country, Mexico-City airport is directly connected to more than 55 international destinations. Of these, are direct connections to 8 cities in Europe and two cities in Asia ie. Tokyo (NRT) and Seoul (ICN).

The largest airline operating at Mexico-City airport is Aeroméxico, with more than 40 international destinations to 21 countries around the world, in addition to 40 destinations that are domestic.

Mexico-City Airport's Terminal 1 is connected to Line 5 of the Metro at Terminal Aérea. The nearest Metro station to Terminal 2 is Pantitlán, which is about a 20-minute walk to the outside. Metro Tickets cost 5 pesos one-way. A Metro Bus takes you to the city centre from the Airport for 30 pesos

A safer and more convenient alternative can be taking Uber, which can cost anywhere from 150 pesos ($8) and up, between the Airport and your hotel in the city centre

Mexico-City Airport is operating at near capacity, with more than 100,000 passengers passing through on any given day. Calls for replacing the airport resulted in the undertaking of the construction of a new Mexico City Texcoco Airport in 2016. Construction was abruptly halted in 2018 by the incoming administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the project was ultimately cancelled.

Construction of yet another airport is in the works at the existing Santa Lucía Air Force Base in Zumpango. Two new runways and a terminal are planned to open in 2021 with new phases to follow in the future.

Hotels in México-City

With hundreds of hotels and apartments available in every price range, it all comes down to where you will spend the most time in Mexico-City. You can find places as low as $7 with shared accommodation. If you want to splurge, you can find many international brands offering a room from anywhere from $50 a night to $170 a night.

The most popular districts to stay in Mexico City are Zona Rosa and Centro Histórico where most of the budget to mid-range hotels are found. High-end hotels are found in the Polanco district.
There are hundreds of cheap hotels that are not found on the internet. If you are new to the city, you may risk getting attracted to a price that may not be worth the value.

Barcelona: Més que una ciutat

Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain. It is the capital of the Catalunya autonomous community in the northeastern corner of the country. It has existed since the Romans first built a military camp here in 15 BC. In the middle ages, it changed hands times under the Visigoths, the Arabs and the French, until the Castilians assumed control of Catalunya in the 15th century.

Barcelona is located on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. Its seaport, that has existed since Roman times, remains an important part of Catalunya's economy. It is Europe's ninth-largest container terminal and an important port of call for cruise ships traversing the Mediterranean.

The city is home to Futbol Club Barcelona, or Barça, one of the most widely supported teams with one of the largest social media following in the world. It has been playing since 1899.

Barcelona came to be internationally recognized when it hosted the 1992 summer Olympics. This was the first olympiad after the end of the cold war. 15 newly independent former Soviet Republics, competed as a Unified Team of 475 competitors across 27 sports. The 1992 Olympic games were a huge success, void of any boycotts, and provided Barcelona with billions of dollars in infrastructure investments. The legacy of the games can be seen today with an improved quality of life and modernized infrastructure.

As a tourist magnet, Barcelona is the 20th most visited city in the world. Its beaches are world renowned. With fantastic white sands and the blue water, you will find an amosphere of a lot of activity and entertainment. Most interestingly are the many chiringuitos along the beaches offering a feast of delicious seafood.

Barcelona alone has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, six of which are the legacies of Antoni Gaudi and two of Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The most famous of them is Gaudi's Basílica de la Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882. The  sheer height, and the intricacy of the design leaves visitors astonished. Inside, the columns are shaped like branches of trees, giving the look of a forest. A combination of factors such as the Spanish Civil War, arsonists, lack of support and lack of funds has heald this masterpiece back from completion for so long.

Barcelona Airport

Aeroport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat is the second busiest airport in Spain and the seventh busiest in Europe. It is located in the neighbourhood of El Prat de Llobregat and is also commonly known as El Prat.

The airport is named after Josep Tarradellas, who became the President of the Government of Catalonia in exile in 1954, during the reign of the Generalissimo Francisco Franco. When Franco died, Tarradellas re-established the Government of Catalonia in 1977 and remained the president of the Government of Catalonia until 1980. He is credited and the recovery of the Catalan identity and institutions struck down by Franco.

Barcelona-El Prat airport is a hub for Vueling and Level airlines. It is a focus for many other airlines based in the EU, bringing in holidaymakers from all over Europe. The airport is directly connected to more than 200 cities around the world. There are frequent flights to the capital Madrid, with more than 140 weekly flights. The most popular destinations from Barcelona are London (LGW), Rome (FCO), Paris and Amsterdam.

Barcelona-El Prat airport has connections by train, bus and taxis to the city centre. The Aeroport Metro Station is connected to lines L9 and L2 which span the entire city. There is an Aerobús which shuttles between the airport and the city centre every 10 to 20 minutes, every day of the year. A one-way ride on the Aerobús costs €5.90 and a two-way return ticket costs €10.20, valid for 15 days.

Hotels in Barcelona

With 8 million tourists visiting Barcelona at any given time (a stark contrast to a resident population of 1.6 million), there is an incredible choice of accommodations to choose from. Depending on the time of the year, even a 3-star accommodation or less may go for $60 to $100 per night.

Eixample from the air, Barcelona

Eixample from the Air, Barcelona. Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/nD2WzCZrlLE

The most popular districts for visitors in Barcelona are the Ciutat Vella in which you will find La Rambla, one of the liveliest pedestrian-only streets in the world, and the district of Eixample, a 3 square mile of continuously repeating layout rectangular blocks, with the constant threat of getting lost. La Sagrada Família is located in Eixample

Because the Ciutat Vella is the city centre, nearly all of the public transportation passes through here. It contains most of the important attractions and monuments that Barcelona has to offer and is very accessible to the beaches.

 

Dubai: City of Gold

Founded as a fishing village and a centre for pearl harvesting on the Arabian Gulf more than a thousand years ago, Dubai is today, famously known as the city of gold. Its Gold Souk is the of the largest markets of its kind in the world, where you will find close to 400 merchants dealing in Gold Jewellery. Dubai Gold is known for its exceptional design, purity and quality, which remains unmatched worldwide.

Over a span of 50 years, Dubai transformed itself into an international hub of Arab culture, arts, entertainment and tourism, aviation and shipping. The superlatives "biggest", "largest" and "tallest" apply to many of Dubai's attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Aquarium, the Dubail Mall and the Dubai Fountain.

Dubai Airports

With its vast network, Emirates has made Dubai International Airport (DXB) popular with travellers from the west who are transiting to their next destination further east. This made DXB the world's busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic.

In 2010, the Dubai government opened a second airport in Dubai South, to relieve some operations off DXB. This new airport, Al Makhtoum International Airport (DWB) is even larger and will be able to handle more passengers and air traffic when it will reach its capacity.

Hotels in Dubai

Some of Dubai's hotels are iconic and instantly recognizable around the world. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the most opulent and one of the most expensive hotels in the world. Each floor comes with its own butler who takes care of the guests every want and needs.

One of Dubai's landmark hotels is the magnificent  Atlantis The Palm with a fairytale-like setting on the apex of the Palm Jumeirah, and nothing obstructing its view of the Arabian Gulf. The Atlantis features its own water-park, free for its guests to enjoy. It also boasts the largest open-air aquarium in the world, shared by over 65,000 marine animals.

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, also has a hotel in its first 39 floors. The Armani Hotel as it is called has every room furnished with the Armani Casa line of products.

If you are on a budget, there are many hotels for cheap, available in the old part of Dubai, such as near the souk and in the neighbourhoods of Al Rigga and Al Muraqqabat. You will also find there familiar names like the Ramada Deira, Hyatt Palace Dubai Al Rigga, Radisson Blu Deira Creek, Hilton Garden Inn Al Muraqqabat and Ibis Al Rigga.

About Emirates

Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East. It is the fourth-largest airline in the world, both in terms of passenger-kilometres flown, and the number of international passengers carried. From its hub in Dubai, Emirates connects to more than 150 destinations around the globe. Owned by the Government of Dubai, money does not seem to be an option as it consistently strives to excel at its business and first-class service while staying true to its slogan Fly Better.

Emirates Logo

Emirates was founded in 1985, with the backing of Al Maktoum, Dubai's Royal Family, when Gulf Air (back then a multinational airline owned by Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar), began cutting down services to Dubai. It sought the help of Pakistan International Airlines in leasing a Boeing 737–300 and an Airbus A300B4-200, in addition to providing technical and administrative assistance.

Emirates' very first flight, EK-600 departed Dubai on October 25, 1985, and landed in Karachi. This route remains in operation with daily departures.

The airline quickly added destinations across South Asia and North Africa and within two years of operation was flying daily to London Heathrow. The 1990s saw a rapid expansion of Emirates, flying to more than 30 countries around the world and the launch of Emirates Sky Cargo in 1998.

Emirates remains one of the most profitable airlines in the world thanks to the never-ending demand for air travel from the Middle East to South Asia and Africa, its investment in state-of-the-art aircraft, and the availability of airport capacity that can be used 24 hours a day.

 

 

 

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Virgin Atlantic re-enters the ever growing London-Mumbai route

Virgin Atlantic is set to return to Mumbai for the third time on October 27, 2019. Daily flights are scheduled to depart from London Heathrow at 10:15 in the morning. The returning flight will depart Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport at 02:55 AM in the morning.

Virgin made its very first inaugural flight to Mumbai in 2005. It cited the global economic downturn in 2009 and cut several destinations including Mumbai. When Kingfisher Airlines abandoned the UK market and eventually collapsed in 2012, Virgin took the opportunity to fly again to Mumbai until 2015, when it simplified its network most likely due to burgeoning operating costs.

Virgin is re-entering the London-Mumbai market in 2019 for a number of reasons. The primary being the collapse of Jet Airways, which has now left Star Alliance member Air India, and British Airways of One World to dominate this route.

As of writing, Air India is struggling to make a profit. It has recently survived a fuel crisis. It refuses to cut costs even when overstaffed, and heavy in debt. Bhārat Sarkār has threatened sale to private hands if Air India refuses to go on a diet.

Therefore, Virgin has one formidable competitor in its archrival: British Airways.

Virgin is 49% owned by Delta Airlines, and soon the AirFranceKLM group is set to have a 31% stake in the airline. The Mumbai-London Route is one of the fastest-growing International Routes from Europe. In 2018, more than 1.1 million passengers travelled between London and Mumbai, a 15.5% increase from the previous year.

Using the Virgin Brand, Delta and AirFrance-KLM will be making a revenue from the growing Mumbai-London Route, without the formalities of offering fifth-freedom and seventh-freedom flights.

Delta itself will be flying to Mumbai for the first time on December 22, 2019 non-stop from New York-JFK. This will be Delta’s second attempt after a 10-year absence.

Flight #DepartsArrives
VS 354London Heathrow at 10:15 amMumbai at 12:40 am
VS 355Mumbai at 2:55 amLondon-Heathrow at 7:35 am

Virgin plans to operate Boeing 787-9 aircraft in a three-class cabin configuration: Upper Class, Premium Economy and Economy.

Virgin’s Economy fare has three levels: Economy Light, Economy Classic with a choice of seat assignment, and Economy Delight with premium check-in and priority boarding.

All of Virgin’s 787-9 aircraft will be fully Wi-Fi enabled.

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Mumbai: India’s Financial Capital

Mumbai is the largest city in India. More than 12 million people live and work within its municipal boundaries. It is the financial and entertainment capital of India.

The Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in Asia. Mumbai is one of the top 10 centers of global commerce and trade. It is the economic hub of India with many of its important financial institutions and private conglomerates located here such as the Reserve Bank of India, Reliance Industries, Tata Group and Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood, India's motion picture industry. It produces around 200 films every year at studios in Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri. India's premier entertainment channels such as Zee TV, Sony Entertainment, StarPlus and Sony ESPN are also headquartered in Mumbai.

Mumbai has many attractions and places of interests such as colonial buildings, museums, beaches, zoos, gardens, markets and religious places. Some of the most famous landmarks of Mumbai include the Victoria Terminus, Haji Ali Darga, Maratha Mandir (cinema hall), The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gateway of India.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). Domestic travel outnumbers International travel at Mumbai. It is a hub for Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet.

The most popular domestic destinations from Mumbai are to New Delhi, Bangalore, Goa and Chennai. Whereas the top international destinations from Mumbai are to Dubai, London, Singapore and Bangkok.

Hotels in Mumbai

Mumbai offers many options for accommodation, however for those new to the city, it is best to stick to established brand name hotel chains. Many are easy to find around the airport as well as in South Mumbai, where most important businesses take place.

London: UK’s Financial Centre

London is one of the most global cities in the world. It is deeply connected to the world economy and is considered an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics and commerce. This makes London one of the most desired city to visit internationally.

London was founded over 2000 years ago. It exchanged hands from the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings and the Normans. It has been a centre of trade and commerce for more than 1500 years. The London Stock Exchange was founded around 450 years ago. It is the oldest stock exchange in the world and the third largest after New York and NASDAQ.

London has a diverse range of people and cultures. More than 300 languages are spoken here. More than 36% of Londoners are foreign-born. London's restaurants accommodate to every kind of budget and tastes. You can find dishes from almost every part of the world, with some on par or if not, even better than their countries of origin.

As one of the world's leading tourism destinations, London has no shortage of sites to see. One of the most notable attractions is the London Eye - a 135-metre Ferris wheel that gives you a magnificent areal view of the city. London's most famous attractions include The Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and much much more.

Kirat rai at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

London's Airports

When it comes to flying, London is the most served destination in the world. More than 170 million passengers fly through London’s six airports every year.

London is served by six airports which surround the city in all directions. Before you book your flight, you will need to find out where your chosen flight will land or take off from, and your options for getting to and from that airport. Read my post describing London’s six major airports that serve many different airlines and destinations.

Hotels in London

There is no shortage of the kinds of accommodation London has to offer depending on your budget. Your choice of the hotel also depends on whether you need quick access to certain airports or business areas or attractions. Hotel rates in London are notoriously expensive. Hotel prices are often linked to their proximity to a tube or railway station with a fast link to Central London.

Hotel rates in London can also be expensive during the week, as it relies heavily on the business market but prices often drop over the weekend. Many hotel chains offer substantial discounts if you book well in advance, but you have to pay the full amount upfront at the time of booking and there are no refunds if you cancel.

About Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited is headquartered in Crawley in the country of West Sussex in the South of England. It operates from three bases at Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN).

Virgin Atlantic Logo

Virgin was conceived as British Atlantic in 1984 by the late Randolph Fields and the late Alan Hellary. It was financed by the billionaire Sir Richard Branson. With a 50% control over the company, he suggested renaming the airline to agree with his Virgin brand.

In 2017, Sir Richard sold 49% of Virgin Atlantic to Delta Airlines, significantly reducing his stake in the company, and later stepping down at the CEO. By 2020, The AirFranceKLM is will complete the purchase of a further 31% stake of the airline, further reducing the Virgin Group's control to 20%.

This partnership will benefit passengers in redeeming Sky Team RewardsDelta Sky Miles, and Virgin's Flying Club Miles; the use of partner Lounges and seamless booking of flights with partner airlines. With fresh investment, Virgin is poised to streamline its operations and expand to new routes in the near future.

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Liberty in North Korea

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This is our way of reaching out to those who happen to be in dire situations. Charity is our way of being thankful for all the blessings we enjoy at every moment of our lives.

Donate to our fundraising page at Liberty in North Korea.

While we take our freedom of choice to travel anywhere in the world for granted, millions of human beings around the world are deprived of this freedom for many various reasons, including but not limited to war, political situations and slavery.

Fleeing from the only life he had ever known

For the 25 million people who live inside the boundaries of North Korea, their freedom to move even inside their own country is restricted to a hard to obtain certificate affirming the government’s permission to travel.

Most of the 22 million people who live outside Pyongyang are denied access to the capital.
Citizens, with their entire families, routinely undergo forced resettlement to rural areas of the country as a form of punishment, because many of the basic necessities for the normal existence of human life are non-existent there.

The consequences of emigrating from North Korea

Nurturing even the thought of leaving the country is considered a political crime. Those citizens who leave the country without government permission are considered “defectors” by the North Korean Government.

If anyone is caught in the process of emigrating, they are immediately sent to a Kwanliso, a political prison camp, where they undergo forced labour, routine torture, below-subsistence level food rations, and public-executions, with no chance of ever being released.

The Story of Shin Dong-hyuk, a man born into a North Korean prison camp who escaped at the age of 23

More than 80,000 to 120,000 people are currently estimated to be incarcerated in several concentration camps around North Korea. Some of these camps are as large as cities. Most people imprisoned in these camps were not guilty of any crime but were related to someone who supposedly committed a political crime. Often, they have no idea what that crime was. Even children who are born in these camps are raised as prisoners because the ‘blood of the guilty’ lasts up to three generations according to the regime.

North Korea is 25 million human beings, held captive

North Korea is not just Kim Jong Un and his missiles with nuclear warheads, but 25 million people, who have hopes and dreams, just like we do.

In addition to the freedom of movement and emigration, the people of North Korea achingly yearn for a satisfying meal, a working health system, freedom of belief, freedom from forced overenthusiastic praise of their political leaders, and freedom from the political apartheid system, Songbun.

Every year, more than one thousand people flee North Korea. There are many who die on their journey to freedom. Some get shot in the back by the border guards. Some drown in the Yalu or the Tumen rivers. Some die by accident or by nature (weather, wildlife or harsh environment).

The border with South Korea is so heavily armed, mined and fortified that chances of surviving an escape through this four-kilometre wide buffer zone, are described as “miraculous”.

The daring escape of Oh Chong-song, a North Korean soldier through the DMZ (Military Demarcation Line)

Therefore, those North Koreans determined to flee, do so from the northern border with China. The Yalu (Amnok) and the Tumen rivers form the boundary between the two countries. China is hostile to North Korean refugees, and if caught, Chinese authorities are quick to deport North Koreans back to North Korea, from where they are immediately taken to political camps and tortured or even executed.

After crossing the river into China, some stay to find work and try to stay under the radar. Their illegal status in China makes them vulnerable to unscrupulous people. Women often find themselves sold into sexual slavery and forced marriage. In these circumstances, North Korean refugees often do not have the resources or connections to get themselves out of China.

LiNK rescues North Korean Refugees from China

Liberty in North Korea is a Not-for-Profit organization, that rescues North Korean refugees in China, and transports them via a 5000 km underground network through China and mainland Southeast Asia.

This perilous journey takes months. Refugees move from safe-house to safe-house, avoiding detection of the Chinese authorities. When on public transport, they do not dare talk to anybody, in fear of giving away themselves as Korean.

Unfortunately, safe-houses in China have been targets of raid, with their Chinese counterparts facing stiff punishment, and the refugees immediately deported back to North Korea. Some are caught during a documents check on public transport.

Footage From Real Rescue Missions

After reaching the Yunnan province in Southwest China, the refugees head to Laos, by crossing inhospitable terrain, mostly at night: through thick forest, leech-infested streams, and climbing almost 4000 feet (1300 meters), before reaching the Mekong River that borders Thailand.

They will then wait for dark, before crossing the Mekong into Thailand on a precarious motorized dinghy.

The South-East Asian countries of Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar have cosy relations with the North Korean regime. These countries are, therefore, avoided. Laos is on record for sending refugees back to North Korea.

Thailand is usually the final destination of choice for fleeing North Koreans. If caught by Thai authorities, they are repatriated to South Korea.
Thailand, however, does not recognize North Koreans as refugees but as illegal migrants.

LiNK aims to deliver rescued North Korean Refugees to the South Korean Embassy in Bangkok. Here, the refugees will spend another few months, housed by the embassy, in crowded, ramshackle conditions, while they wait for their applications to be processed.

The struggle does not end here for our North Korean refugees

While awaiting their time at the Immigration detention centre in Bangkok, our refugees, in small groups of 10 are told suddenly to gather their meagre belongings. There are then taken to a waiting plane, that will take them to South Korea.

We wish this was actually the happy ending of their story. But this is not the end of their hardship.

On reaching Seoul, the refugees are taken to a high-security facility, where they will be interrogated by the NIS (National Intelligence Service) to ensure they are not enemy spies. Following that, there is a mandatory two-month instruction in South Korean culture and the modern way of life such as how to take the subway and using an ATM.

Only then are they granted South Korean citizenship, paid a settlement bonus of roughly $5,000, with small monthly installments to follow, and provided a housing allowance and employment incentives.

Integration and acceptance into the South Korean society is a huge challenge for North Koreans. They need continuing help with finding jobs that will accept them, their finances and coping with depression and stress.

You too can revive humanity by donating to Liberty in North Korea

While ManiaRavings.com is committed to financially helping Liberty in North Korea rescue refugees, you too can help us reach our monthly donation goals by contributing to our campaign page.

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It costs $3,000 to rescue one refugee & empower them in their new life. The following table breaks down how every dollar helps.

Basic Needs: $250
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Funds to provide food, clothing, and other necessities during their journey to safety.
Transportation: $500
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The cost to transport the refugee, partners, and staff during the 3,000-mile journey.
Accomodation: $100
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The cost to provide shelter for the refugee and our staff along the journey.
Rescue Fees: $1350
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This includes all costs for fines, fees, and the network of partners and staff in the underground to bring the refugee to safety.
Contingency: $300
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Funds set aside for emergencies and unforeseen expenses on the journey. Any unused amount is rolled into the budget for another rescue.
Resettlement Assistance & Empowerment: $500
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Funds to help resettled North Koreans reach their full potential through our Resettlement Assistance and Empowerment Programs.
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Lufthansa takes over the Ottawa-Frankfurt route from Air Canada

Lufthansa, the biggest airline in Europe (and the third biggest in the world) by revenue, announced that it will commence direct flights to Ottawa from its primary hub at Frankfurt from May 16th, 2020.

This announcement comes as fellow Star Alliance member, Air Canada retires its Ottawa to Frankfurt route by the end of the 2019 season.

The new route is scheduled to depart five days a week and will be seasonal, starting on May 16, 2020, and ending on October 24, 2020.

It will be served by an Airbus A340-300 in a three-class cabin configuration. The aircraft includes 30 Business Class, 28 Premium Economy and 221 Economy Class seats to accommodate a total of 279 passengers.

Flight #DepartsDaysArrives
LH 472Frankfurt at 1:45 pmSaturday,
Sunday,
Monday,
Tuesday,
Thursday
Ottawa at 4:05 pm
LH 473Ottawa at 5:50 pmSaturday,
Sunday,
Monday,
Tuesday,
Thursday
Frankfurt at 7:15 am
(next day)

Ottawa sorely lacks a transatlantic connection. There is only one scheduled year around connection to London-Heathrow (LHR) by Air Canada.

While Air Canada and Lufthansa enjoy an A++ transatlantic joint venture with United Airlines, the Lufthansa brand can better integrate with passenger experience especially when they will be connecting from Frankfurt to their final destination.

According to Skytrax Lufthansa is the only five-star rated airline in the Western Hemisphere. It currently serves the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver with daily scheduled flights year-round. Seasonal flights from Frankfurt operate to Calgary.

How Lufthansa will be ideal for travelling to India from Ottawa

Around 30,000 IndoCanadians live and work in Ottawa. Currently, if you want to travel to India from Ottawa, you will most likely be making a stop at Toronto and consider your options from there.

Booking algorithms may suggest you layover times that are extremely short or ridiculously long. Additionally, you may be looking at flying multiple airlines and making more than one stop, depending on your final destination.

As of writing, Lufthansa serves four destinations in India from Frankfurt: Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore.

If you will be starting from Ottawa, you will land in Frankfurt around the published time of 7:15 am

According to the table below, you will have an average six-hour layover at Frankfurt before you depart on your next flight, (except for Chennai, where you are looking at shorter layover of 3:30 hours)

Flight #DestinationDeparture from FrankfurtLayover Time
LH 756Mumbai1:20 pm6:05 h
LH 760Delhi1:40 pm6:25 h
LH 758Chennai10:45 am3:30 h
LH 754Bangalore1:10 pm5:55 h

Note that there are seasonal evening departures from Frankfurt to Mumbai and Delhi, but we are not considering that option for an obvious reason.

On your return journey to Ottawa, you will depart Frankfurt around the published time of 1:45 pm in the afternoon.

If you are arriving from one of the four Indian cities in the table below, you will have an average of five to six hours of layover time at Frankfurt.

Flight #Arriving fromLands at FrankfurtLayover Time
LH 757Mumbai8:00 am5:45 h
LH 761Delhi7:40 am6:05 h
LH 759Chennai8:25 am5:20 h
LH 755Bangalore9:00 am4:45 h

So you can see, Lufthansa will be an extremely attractive choice from 2020 for Ottawans travelling to India.

Connecting flights to the Middle East from Ottawa via Frankfurt

Ottawa has a significant Arab population. The Lebanese form the largest demographic followed by the Somali and Egyptians. Lufthansa alone serves a great number of destinations in the Middle East and North Africa Frankfurt.

The following table will tell you the layover time to the next connecting flight if you will be starting from Ottawa on LH 473 and land in Frankfurt around the published time of 7:15 am

Flight #DestinationDeparts FrankfurtLayover time
LH 1306Beirut10:55 am3:40 h
LH 598
ET 1580
Adis Ababa1:15 pm6:00 h
LH 582Cairo10:20 am3:05 h
LH 652Jeddah12:45 pm5:30 h
LH 636Riyadh1:05 pm6:10 h
LH 630
EK 44
EK 46
Dubai2:00 pm
11:00 am
3:15 pm
6:45 h
3:45 h
8:00 h
LH 9654
EY 2
Abu Dhabi11:20 am4:05 h
IA 232Baghdad3:45 pm8:30 h
LH 692
RJ 126
Amman9:00 pm
3:30 pm
13:45
8:15 h
LH 686
LH 694
LY 358
Tel Aviv10:20 am
2:00 pm
11:00 am
3:05 h
6:45 h
3:35 h

On your return journey to Ottawa, you will depart Frankfurt on LH 472 around the published time of 1:45 pm in the afternoon.

Flight #Arriving fromLands at FrankfurtLayover time
LH 1309Beirut7:20 am6:25 h
LH 599
ET 1577
Adis Ababa5:25 am8:20 h
LH 585Cairo8:20 am5:25 h
LH 653Jeddah5:55 am7:50 h
LH 637Riyadh7:15 am6:30 h
LH 630
EK 43
Dubai5:55 am
8:50 am
7:50 h
4:55 h
LH 9655
EY 1
Abu Dhabi6:45 am7:00 h
IA 231Baghdad1:50 pm24:05 h
LH 693
RJ 125
Amman6:45 am
2:25 pm
7:00 h
LH 691
LH 695
Ly 357
Tel Aviv8:20 am
11:30 am
9:40 am
5:25 h
2:15 h
4:05 h

Frankfurt is the most connected airport in the world. It is not hard to find a route from here to anywhere in the world with no more than 1 stop.

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Ottawa: The Capital of Canada

Ottawa where the parliament of Canada holds its sessions. Its contains the headquarters of all the institutions that are important to the goverance, defence and security of the country. The federal government is the largest employer, with over 110,000 employees from the National Capital Region.

Parliament Hill and Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

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Ottawa is located on the Ottawa River, just across from Gatineau, Quebec. Legend has it that Queen Victoria pointed to a spot on a map exactly midway between Toronto and Quebec City to be the future capital of Canada.

Tourism is an important part of Ottawa's economy. There are several museums, attractions and tours that attract visitors from all over the country and around the world. Some of the must-see places in Ottawa are the Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex, the Canadian War Museum, The Canadian Museum of History, the National Gallery, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Canada Aviation Museum, and the National Holocaust Monument.

Ottawa has a significant minority of Arabs who constitute about 6% of the total population of the City. 10% of all the Arabs in Canada reside in the Ottawa-Gatineau National Capital Region. The Lebanese are the largest demographic followed by the Somali and the Egyptians. Therefore, you will find a decent amount of Middle Eastern restaurants and lounges throughout the city.

Ottawa Airport

Ottawa is served by the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. West Jet and Air Canada operate from here to all major cities and provincial capitals of Canada. Direct flights to the US are only to major cities on the East Coast.

Ottawa has direct flights to two transatlantic destinations, London Heathrow (LHR), served by Air Canada and Frankfurt (FRA), which will soon be served by Lufthansa.

Hotels in Ottawa

You will find many budget to mid-range hotels in Ottawa even in the city centre. Prices go up on Canadian long-weekends and holidays, otherwise staying in Ottawa is very affordable in the off-season.

 

 

Frankfurt: The Bank of Europe

Frankfurt is the fifth-largest city of Germany with a population of 753,000 people. It is a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation. It is the major financial centre of Europe, with the headquarters of the European Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Deutsche Bank, DZ Bank, KfW, Commerzbank all located here.

Frankfurt was one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire. It was the seat of imperial elections since 885 AD and the city for imperial coronations from 1562 until 1792. After the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, Frankfurt fell into the hands of Napoleon I until his defeat exile by the Congress of Vienna. Frankfurt became a Free City State until it was annexed by the Prussian Empire in 1866.

Frankfurt was heavily bombed by the Allies. It was almost completely destroyed and became a fierce battleground after which it was captured by the United States in March of 1945. Frankfurt was the original choice for the capital of West Germany. However, this idea was rejected out of concern that it would be accepted as the permanent capital. and cause weakening of support for reunification with East Germany.

Frankfurt has many museums to keep visitors occupied. You will find Museums dedicated to Film, Architecture, Communication, Modern Art, History and Jewish History. Frankfurt's most famous attraction is Römerberg which is the old centre of Frankfurt, with a number of historic buildings dating to the 14th and 15th century.

Frankfurt Airport

The busiest airport in Germany (and the fourth busiest in Europe after London Heathrow, Paris–Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol) in terms of passenger traffic. Direct flights depart to 300 destinations in 5 continents, making it Frankfurt Airport the most connected in the world. Lufthansa and Star Alliance account for 77% of all passengers at Frankfurt.

Frankfurt is also the second-largest cargo airport in Europe after Paris, handling over 2.3 million tonnes annually.

Frankfurt Airport is connected by Rail and Bus from where you can easily get to the city centre. Long-distance trains take you further into Germany and beyond to Netherlands and Belgium

Hotels in Frankfurt

Hotels in Frankfurt can be expensive because if the city's reputation as a banking capital. Tourist guides recommend staying in nearby cities located under an hour away by S-Bahn.

About Lufthansa AG

Lufthansa is the biggest airline in Europe (and the third biggest in the world) by revenue. It is part of the Lufthansa Group, that also owns the flag carriers Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines. It also owns Eurowings, a low-cost airline that serves domestic and European destinations. The Lufthansa group has over 700 aircraft, making it one of the largest airline fleets in the world.

Lufthansa Logo

Lufthansa's corporate headquarters are in Deutz, Cologne. However, its main operating base is located at the Lufthansa Aviation Centre at Frankfurt Airport from where it serves 190 destinations around the world
Its secondary hub is at Munich Airport serving 150 destinations.

Lufthansa is a founding member of Star Alliance, the largest airline network in the world. It also launched Miles & More, which has become the largest traveller loyalty program in Europe. Star Alliance Members can redeem frequent flyer miles and collect points from partners such as hotel, car rental, cruises, subscriptions & books, banks & insurance, telecommunications & electronics industries as well as shopping & lifestyle.

 

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LOT Polish Airlines commences flights from Poland to India

LOT Polish Airlines, founded in 1928, celebrated 90 years in the air by announcing New Delhi as its newest destination early this year. The new route will connect the capitals of India and Poland with the first flight scheduled on September 17, 2019.

With more than 9 million passengers travelling between Europe and India, LOT is seeing an opportunity to shorten the distance and time it takes to travel between the two regions.

Flight LO 071 from Warsaw to Delhi will take just under 7 hours from take-off to landing, while the return flight, LO 072 from Delhi to Warsaw will take 8 hours.

LOT Airlines airlines will fly a three-class Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft five times a week between Warsaw-Chopin International Airport (WAW) and New Delhi Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL). These flights will feature an exclusive menu featuring Indian as well as Singapore style dishes on board.

Flight #DepartsDaysArrives
LO 071Warsaw at 10:40 pmTuesday,
Wednesday,
Friday,
Saturday,
Sunday
Delhi at 9:00 am (next day)
LO 072Delhi at 11:15 amMonday,
Wednesday,
Thursday,
Saturday,
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Warsaw at 3:50 pm

From Warsaw (WAW), LOT connects to airports in cities with significant Indian populations such as New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX), Toronto (YYZ), London Heathrow (LHR) and London City Airport (LCY).

The opening of a new route and a new airline will give Indian passengers an additional choice in planning their journey to Europe and North America while presenting an additional incentive to visit Poland.

Poland and India have maintained close and friendly relations. Poland sent its first ambassador to the Mughal court as early as the 16th century. Many Sanskrit texts were already being translated into Polish since that time.

Indian statesmen were bitterly opposed to the Nazi and the Soviet occupation of Poland during World War II. Both powers were hostile to the existence of sovereign Poland, Polish people, and the Polish culture aiming at their destruction.

The princely state of Nawanagar, in present-day Jamnagar, Gujarat welcomed a shipload of over 5000 Polish refugees including 1000 children escaping Soviet occupation, even when India itself was undergoing the hardship of famine.

LOT is hoping that this route to New Delhi will open up more opportunities to connect with India, as well as boost its cargo operations.
Currently, India’s major exports to Poland are pharmaceuticals, followed by Tea, Coffee, Spices and textiles; while Poland sends artificial resins, plastic material, non-ferrous metals and machine tools to India.

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Warsaw: a capital risen from ashes

With a population of 1.8 million people, Warsaw is the largest city in Poland and a significant cultural, political and economic hub of the country. It is an emerging centre for Business and commerce in Europe. The economic liberalization policies implemented by the government in the 1990s, which eased government regulations and restrictions on participating businesses, saved Poland from the great recession of 2008.

Warsaw one of the most beautiful cities in the world until the German invasion of 1939. After the Warsaw uprising in 1944, the infuriated Nazis punished the city by razing more than 90% of its buildings to the ground. An immense part of Warsaw's cultural heritage was destroyed and much of it remains lost to this day.

The city was rebuilt from the 1950s to the 1970s by the Polish people with Soviet help in the 1950s to the 1970s. Warsaw's cityscape can be described as modern and contemporary, and it has one of the highest numbers of modern skyscrapers in Europe.

Warsaw Airports

Warsaw-Okęcie Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) is the largest airport in Poland, with 42 airlines serving 140 destinations around the world. It is one of the most centrally located airports in Europe and thus popular with cargo companies looking to minimize the time and cost of delivering goods anywhere in Europe.
UPS, for example, operates express services from Warsaw to East Asian hubs such as Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong.

Located only 10kms from the city centre Warsaw Chopin Airport is easily accessible by trains that run every 15 minutes, and busses that run 24 hours a day.

LOT Polish Airlines is the largest operator at Warsaw, serving around than 90 destinations around the world. The longest routes it operates from Warsaw are to Los Angeles (12:20h), Singapore (11:50h) and Tokyo (10:25h)

The second-largest airline at Warsaw Chopin Airport is Hungary based low-cost airline, Wizz Air which operates a hub there, making direct flights to more than 45 destinations in Europe.

Warsaw's other airport is Modlin Airport (WMI). It is used almost exclusively by Ryanair, which serves about 45 destinations across Europe and the Middle East.

Hotels in Warsaw

If you are planning to visit Poland, prepare to soak in its rich cultural heritage, stunning historic sites and gorgeous landscapes. Most of Warsaw's attractions are located in the Centrum District, where you will discover the meticulously reconstructed Old Town, the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the National Museum. You will learn how the city rose from the ashes of Nazi occupation to become one of the most modern cities in Europe.

Warsaw has a range of accommodations for the budget traveller and you will find places to sleep at a reasonable cost in the city centre as well as in hotels near the airport.

Warsaw is 3 hours away (by Express Intercity EIC/EIP trains) from Krakow, the medieval capital of Poland. Kraków preserves the memories of Poland's Royal heritage with castles, cemeteries and museums.

Many travellers to Kraków make a trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex. It is located just outside Oświęcim, 65km east of Kraków. This camp was responsible for the murder of 1.1 million people alone during the Nazi occupation. 90% of them were Jews.

Catholic visitors to Kraków may also travel southwest to Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II, Pontifex Maximus of the Vatican, who died in 2005.

Delhi: the Rajdhani of the hearts

The National Capital Territory of Delhi is India's second largest metropolis after Mumbai. It is located within the much larger, National Capital Region and surrounded by several districts of the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. India's capital and the seat of its Central Government in New Delhi is one of eleven districts of Delhi.

Delhi is one of the oldest cities in the world. Archeological evidence of habitation has been found dating back 7th century BC.  Delhi has been the capital of several empires since the 12th century when Mu'izz ad-Din Muhammad Ghori captured the city and laid the foundations for the Delhi Sultanate.

Delhi reached its zenith during the reign of the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan. He built Shahjahanabad between 1638 and 1649 AD and filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court, along with elegant mosques and gardens. The Jama Masjid, the Lal Qila and Chandni Chowk, all iconic sites of Old Delhi, exist from that period.

Mughal Cuisine originated in Delhi in the courts of the Sultans and the Shahanshahs. Heavily inspired by the flavours of Central Asia and Persia, Mughal cuisine distinguishes itself with a rich base of cream, milk butter and extensive use of spices like saffron, cardamom, black pepper, dry fruits and nuts.

Some of Delhi's restaurants are known worldwide such as Karim's, Moti Mahal Deluxe and Bukhara which serve classic north Indian dishes such as Nihari, Samosa, Tandoori Chicken, Qeema Matar, Shahi Paneer and varieties of Kebabs.

Delhi is India's largest commercial centre. Information technology, telecommunications, hotels, banking, media and tourism are its most important sectors. Since historic times, Delhi has been a favourite destination for shoppers. Some of its markets have been in existence since the 1500s AD.

Chandni Chowk is Asia's largest wholesale market. Within it are several bazaars each dedicated to a specific category of products. Khari Baoli is Asia's largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea. Dariba is the market for silver and gold jewelry. Nai Sarak is the wholesale market of stationery, books, paper and decorative materials.

Delhi Airport

Delhi served by Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL), located on the south-western side of the city. It is the busiest airport in India (overtaking Mumbai in 2015). It is currently being expanded to handle up to 100 million passengers a year by 2030. Passenger numbers on Domestic routes far surpass those on International destinations combined.

Mumbai (BOM) is the busiest route from Delhi, with over 7 million passengers yearly. This is more than the number of passengers travelling to the next most popular destinations, Bengaluru (BLR), Kolkata (CCU) and Hyderabad (HYD).

Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) is connected to the Orange Line of the Delhi Metro, which takes you straight to the heart of the city at New Delhi Railway Station. It is located adjacent to National Highway 48, which connects Delhi to Gurugram, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru.

Hotels in Delhi

Delhi has hundreds of hotels and lodges available for the budget traveller. However, if the quality is imperative, then you will have to look a little farther than the centre of the city. Delhi's top hotels such as the Taj Mahal, Le Meridian, The Oberoi and the Imperial are located in New Delhi, catering to politicians, diplomats and businessmen. The south side of the city, near the airport, also has International chains such as Holiday Inn, Radisson, Marriot, Novotel and Pullman.

For the tourist and the backpacker, a number of hotels are located just west of Old Delhi in Paharganj and Karol Bagh. These locations are easy to access by the metro and close to Delhi's most popular sites and markets.

About LOT Polish Airlines

Commencing operations in 1928, LOT Polish Airlines is one of the oldest airlines in the world, still operating today. LOT means "Flight" in Polish, from the word Lotnicze, meaning Airline.

LOT-Polish Airlines Logo

LOT is headquartered in Warsaw and serves over 131 destinations in Europe, Asia and North America. It is a member of the Star Alliance Airline Network and is fully integrated with the Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program by Lufthansa.

LOT operates from Warsaw (WAW) as a major hub. It is scheduled to expand an additional hub at  Budapest (BUD) with direct flights to London (LCY), New York (JFK), Seoul (IIA) and Chicago (ORD).

Focus cities include Krakow (KRK), Katowice (KTW), Lviv, Ukraine (LWO), and Tallinn, Estonia (TLL)

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Indian Low-Cost Airlines increase competition for departures to Dubai from Mumbai

India has had a long connection with the United Arab Emirates ever since the British Raj, which administered both these regions (not simultaneously) between 1820 and 1971. The Indian Rupee was the official currency of the Persian Gulf since the 19th century up until 1966, when these countries adopted their own currencies of Dinars, Dirhams and Riyals.

For centuries, the port of Dubai has served as a transfer point for goods from all over the world, bound for India. Gold and Textiles were, and have remained the most important commodity traded between the two regions.

Today, India and the UAE remain closer than ever. Dubai continues to attract millions of Indians, with a promise of financial prosperity and a glitzy lifestyle.

Indians constitute about 30% of the population of the UAE, ie. approximately 3 million people out of a total of approximately 10 million. Immigrants from Kerala and Tamil Nadu form the largest majority amongst the Indians. Today, a sizeable population of UAE-born Indians are of the third generation. Therefore, airline connections between the UAE and India will be of prime importance for several decades to come.

The demise of Jet Airways and India at the edge of losing its national Airline, Air India; however, has been propitious to India’s largest low-cost airlines: IndiGO, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir in expanding their operations and taking over abandoned routes.

Choosing Mumbai to expand into new routes is easier due to Mumbai’s location within India and its reach to almost all airports in the country.

Earlier this year, SpiceJet announced the addition of one flight between Mumbai and Dubai, commencing on August 3, 2019. The departures for these flights SG5 and Sg6 are in daylight hours, which was a welcome addition to the red-eye departures of flights SG13 and SG14.

Flight #DepartsArrives
SG5Mumbai at 9:05 amDubai at 11:10 am
SG13Mumbai at 11:30 pmDubai at 1:30 am
SG6Dubai at 12:10 pmMumbai at 5:05 pm
SG14Dubai at 2:15 amMumbai at 6:45 am

Andrew Thomas from Shrewsbury, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Shortly after SpiceJet’s announcement, IndiGO airlines announced that they were also adding a third Mumbai-Dubai flight to their existing route. Flight 6E-83 departs just after mid-day between the early morning flight 6E-63 and the evening 6E-63.

Only a month later, IndiGo announced a fourth flight, 6E 1768, to depart late at night from Mumbai and arrive at Dubai early in the morning. IndiGO advertised this flight to business and leisure travellers, who wanted to get the most out of their morning in Dubai

Flight #DepartsArrives
6E 1768Mumbai at 1:55 amDubai at 03:35 am
6E 63Mumbai at 7:50 amDubai at 9:40 am
6E 83Mumbai at 12:30 pmDubai at 2:05 pm
6E 61Mumbai at 7:35 pmDubai at 9:15 pm
6E 1769Dubai at 4:35 amMumbai at 9:10 am
6E 64Dubai at 11:30 amMumbai at 4:15 pm
6E 84Dubai at 3:05 pmMumbai at 8:05 pm
6E 62Dubai at 8:25 pmMumbai at 1:30 am

Vistara and GoAir expand to Dubai

Amid some celebration, Vistara inaugurated its first flight to Dubai from Mumbai on August 21st 2019. Vistara is the only low-cost Indian airline offering a Business Class and Premium Economy.

As of writing, Vistara operates a single departure from Mumbai in the late afternoon, returning just after midnight.

Flight #DepartsArrives
UK 201Mumbai at 4:25 pmDubai at 6:15 pm
UK 202Dubai at 7:15 pmMumbai at 12:15 am

Mumbai based GoAir announced its expansion to Dubai from July 24, 2019 by first serving passengers bound for the North Malabar region. Keralites constitute more than one-third of of the Indian population of Dubai. However, GoAir is entering a market where it is already in competition with IndiGo, SpiceJet and Emirates.

GoAir’s daily service departs from Kannur in the evening and reaches Dubai by bedtime.
The return trip, however, is a red-eye flight.

Flight #DepartsArrives
G8 57Kannur at 7:55 pmDubai at 10:20 pm
G8 58Dubai at 11:20 pmKannur at 4:50 am

GoAir also announced Abu Dhabi as its second destination in the UAE, however, these flights will depart from Mumbai and Delhi respectively.

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Dubai: The City of Gold

Founded as a fishing village and a centre for pearl harvesting on the Arabian Gulf more than a thousand years ago, Dubai is today, famously known as the city of gold. Its Gold Souk is the of the largest markets of its kind in the world, where you will find close to 400 merchants dealing in Gold Jewellery. Dubai Gold is known for its exceptional design, purity and quality, which remains unmatched worldwide.

Over a span of 50 years, Dubai transformed itself into an international hub of Arab culture, arts, entertainment and tourism, aviation and shipping. The superlatives "biggest", "largest" and "tallest" apply to many of Dubai's attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Aquarium, the Dubail Mall and the Dubai Fountain.

Dubai Airports

With its vast network, Emirates has made Dubai International Airport (DXB) popular with travellers from the west who are transiting to their next destination further east. This made DXB the world's busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic.

In 2010, the Dubai government opened a second airport in Dubai South, to relieve some operations off DXB. This new airport, Al Makhtoum International Airport (DWB) is even larger and will be able to handle more passengers and air traffic when it will reach its capacity.

Hotels in Dubai

Some of Dubai's hotels are iconic and instantly recognizable around the world. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the most opulent and one of the most expensive hotels in the world. Each floor comes with its own butler who takes care of the guests every want and needs.

One of Dubai's landmark hotels is the magnificent  Atlantis The Palm with a fairytale-like setting on the apex of the Palm Jumeirah, and nothing obstructing its view of the Arabian Gulf. The Atlantis features its own water-park, free for its guests to enjoy. It also boasts the largest open-air aquarium in the world, shared by over 65,000 marine animals.

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, also has a hotel in its first 39 floors. The Armani Hotel as it is called has every room furnished with the Armani Casa line of products.

If you are on a budget, there are many hotels for cheap, available in the old part of Dubai, such as near the souk and in the neighbourhoods of Al Rigga and Al Muraqqabat. You will also find there familiar names like the Ramada Deira, Hyatt Palace Dubai Al Rigga, Radisson Blu Deira Creek, Hilton Garden Inn Al Muraqqabat and Ibis Al Rigga.

Mumbai: The City of Dreams

Mumbai is the largest city in India. More than 12 million people live and work within its municipal boundaries. It is the financial and entertainment capital of India.

The Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in Asia. Mumbai is one of the top 10 centers of global commerce and trade. It is the economic hub of India with many of its important financial institutions and private conglomerates located here such as the Reserve Bank of India, Reliance Industries, Tata Group and Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood, India's motion picture industry. It produces around 200 films every year at studios in Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri. India's premier entertainment channels such as Zee TV, Sony Entertainment, StarPlus and Sony ESPN are also headquartered in Mumbai.

Mumbai has many attractions and places of interests such as colonial buildings, museums, beaches, zoos, gardens, markets and religious places. Some of the most famous landmarks of Mumbai include the Victoria Terminus, Haji Ali Darga, Maratha Mandir (cinema hall), The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gateway of India.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). Domestic travel outnumbers International travel at Mumbai. It is a hub for Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet.

The most popular domestic destinations from Mumbai are to New Delhi, Bangalore, Goa and Chennai. Whereas the top international destinations from Mumbai are to Dubai, London, Singapore and Bangkok.

Hotels in Mumbai

Mumbai offers many options for accommodation, however for those new to the city, it is best to stick to established brand name hotel chains. Many are easy to find around the airport as well as in South Mumbai, where most important businesses take place.

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Tips (for Indians) on surviving long haul flights

Indians, in general, are well travelled. We are found on all continents and in the farthest corners of the globe. We don’t have to make much effort to spot a Desi when travelling as there is usually a moment where you will hear a familiar language or accented English or instantly know, that someone is brown.

Any flight that extends beyond 6 hours is considered a long haul flight. The United States, the United Kingdom and Canada are the top three long-haul destinations for Indians, Pakistanis and other Desis from their home countries and the Middle East.

It takes at least 7 hours to get from the east coast of the United States to western Europe. A flight from Europe to Pakistan or India takes at least 8 to 9 hours. A direct flight from Mumbai to New York takes 16 hours on average. A non-stop flight from Toronto to Dubai takes 13 hours on average.

With most of us flying economy, (and most likely) with a stopover in Europe or South East Asia (if flying from Australia), a flight back home is a test of endurance and patience until we reach our final destination.

Plan your journey before you book your flight

When your dates of travel have been decided, it is now time to plan your journey. Your return trip is especially important because that will decide how your vacation went.
A bad experience on your return journey eclipses your entire holiday and will linger in your memories, sometimes for several years.

Before booking your flight, you will need to find out which airlines you can take, which planes they fly, the seating arrangement, the seats themselves, and the kind of food and entertainment they provide including Wi-Fi.

If you require a stopover, you will need to find out everything about the transit airport. See what kinds the restaurants are available, and the kind of food they provide. Is there a multifaith room where you can wind down and pray and meditate peacefully? Are there any areas where you can sleep safely? Are there lounges at the transit airport which you can access or are available for a reasonable fee?

How can you choose your best airline seat to buy?

In your journey from origin to destination, you will spend most of your time in your seat on the plane. Therefore, it is important to choose the best seat within your means.

My favourite website to research and find the right seat on any flight is SeatGuru, (https://www.seatguru.com/) which maps out all seats in a plane and suggests you the best seats to book and which ones to avoid.

Photo by Angelo Abear

In almost all cases, SeatGuru will tell you to avoid the last row of the plane because of their limited recline. It also marks seats close to the galleys and lavatories as “undesirable to some”.
Exit row seats may have extra legroom but you will have no front-seat pocket to store your stuff.

I don’t mind the galleys at all. They only get busy at mealtime, and that is understandable. Also, I rather have quicker access to the bathroom than walk the (whole) length of the plane. Though, you might be bothered if the bathroom queue runs past your seat.

I highly recommend you also read any comments left by seat guru users regarding their experiences as you can get valuable insight before you choose your seat on any flight.

Should you buy an Aisle seat or a Window seat?

Economy class cabins on long haul flights are usually a 3-4-3 or a 3-3-3 seat configuration per row. No one would like to have the middle seat unless you are flying as a couple or a family.

The debate of Aisle vs Window seats is long-running on the internet. Frequent fliers vouch for the aisle seat as they have more wiggle room, and can extend their legs into the aisle if needed. This is great for big and tall passengers who rather not feel crushed.

Leisure travellers, however, may want to look out the window. Some may find themselves more comfortable sleeping when leaning against the wall (fuselage).

Seat Guru, Boeing 747-400

On some Boeing 747, the tail end of the economy cabin tapers with the fuselage. You will see that the first three of the last five rows are in a 2-4-2 configuration. There is almost a foot of space between the window seats and the wall, giving you extra space to put your stuff. You could even stretch a leg into that space if it is in front for you.

Although seemingly advantageous, there are some drawbacks to these seats. You won’t be able to lean against the wall because of the distance. The window is misaligned forcing you to share with the passenger behind you. If you decide your stuff in that space, there is a chance of it sliding to the back or the front as there is nothing to stop it.
If a passenger behind you decides to make this space his footwell, you might as well do without putting anything there in the first place.

Have a plan for your meals

You must eat and drink and enjoy your meal time on your journey. If your food doesn’t go right, you will not find anything else good either. You will be hungry, crabby and could even become sick.

When it comes to food provided onboard the aircraft, I have written an article, especially for Indian passengers, on what kind of meals they can request while booking their flights.
In that post, I have also highlighted some issues and concerns regarding religious meals.

On the ground, especially when you an in transit, you are limited to whatever the connecting airport has to offer. Some international airports have a vast selection of restaurants to choose from. You can find vegan, kosher and halal items on the menu, and choose to either stick to your budget or splurge.
At other airports, you may be limited to whatever is on offer at the fast-food court.

Find out everything you can about your airports. Most will have a directory of businesses and restaurants posted on their websites. If you are able to find out exactly at which terminal you will be departing and arriving at, you can narrow your choices before you even leave home.

If your ticket does not include meals, or you need to buy your meal on board, it can be favourable if you buy your dinner at the airport after security. Don’t worry about eating outside food on board, everyone does it.

Just pray that your choice of eatery is not closed when you arrive or undergoing renovations!

Ship out your ‘excess baggage’ and save your carry-on

I personally don’t like to carry anything on my person save a few things (which I discuss below). However, as desi as we are, we can’t help carrying as much as luggage that is the allowed maximums.

When I was in my teens, my parents would make me carry as much as 27lbs on hand. We do not want to pay a fine for excess baggage 🤷‍♂️ and most of that luggage was not even for ourselves!

Everyone will agree that gift-giving should not come as a price for your comfort and finances. Yet, we would whine and moan on every trip that we won’t take any more ‘gifts’ the next time. And yet, there will come that someone or that occasion or that festivity, demanding us to bring ‘something’ from foreign.

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In this day and age, shipping anything to India (or Pakistan or Bangladesh etc) is very easy and makes economical sense. When the occasion demands it, and you fear excess baggage and hate heavy carry-ons, you can avail the service of shipping companies to send off your extra luggage to your destination in advance.

You may be able to buy additional luggage allowance from your airline but this depends entirely on the airline and the flexibility of your ticket. For example, would you be able to buy additional baggage after you have purchased your ticket? Can you buy additional baggage on your return journey?

In one case where my family had too much to bring back home on their return journey. But there was nothing that could be left behind. With the help of friends, we simply had these shipped at a later date and delivered to our home on a weekend.

Courier services like DTDC or TCS can ship a 23kg (50lb) bag (or two) in with reasonable costs. Not only will you have to lug it around, but it will also be brought to your doorstep.
There are some conditions, however, depending on the company you choose to ship with. For example, you may not be allowed to pack liquids (perfumes, juice etc) and new tags on clothes must be removed. (You are not exporting anything for re-sale are you ?)

Keep some foreign cash to use on your journey

It’s always a good idea to carry some cash with you to the airport. Don’t get all emotional when you depart and give it all away to your loved ones thinking you will not have any use for it. You never know when you could be craving for a coffee or a sandwich or anything as you are waiting at the departure gates. You will have to swallow your regret then.

When I travel, I like to have at least US$50 equivalent in cash for each airport. This can be more depending on many factors. If I have a stopover in Europe I would rather have €50 or £50 equivalent.

Photo by Ishant Mishra

Duty-free stores at airports are designed to be attractive and inviting to travellers who are waiting. Sometimes, you may find a deal too good to resist on an item that may not be available where you live or where you are going.

Credit cards and Visa-Debit cards are very convenient when travelling and can be used to pay at most restaurants and retail stores. But you must watch for any foreign transaction fees you may incur. Also, it is never advisable to obtain cash advance (withdraw cash from ATM) from your credit card as you can incur the highest interest from the moment you withdraw.

If your debit card is not linked to a Visa or a MasterCard payment system, it might not work internationally even if it has a PLUS or Cirrus interbank network logos on the back.

If you do not have a credit card or access to ATM overseas, then you must prepare yourself in advance about carrying cash in local currency. Otherwise, be prepared to be mingy. 😣

I would suggest getting cash exchanged before starting your vacation. You may be able to get favourable rates weeks or months ahead.

Exchanging Indian Rupees in India and abroad

Legally exchanging foreign currency at Indian airports is not as straightforward. You will be asked for your passport, a copy of which will be made for you to self notarize. You will also be asked to fill out and sign a form declaring the number of units of currency bought and sold. The exchange rates are also not always favourable.

You may discover that Indian Rupees are not readily exchanged at some airports abroad. When I was at Frankfurt airport some years ago, I was told bluntly by a money exchanger that Indian Rupees were not excepted. This forced me to use my credit card for most purchases.

After I reached Toronto, I was lucky to find a money exchanger in the arrival area who happily exchanged the several ₹2000, ₹100 and ₹50 notes but he would not change the ₹20, ₹10 notes and ₹1 and ₹2 coins. I decided to mail these back to relatives in India.

Dress comfortably

Flying has evolved over the century from the days when it was seen as a “class-status”. Today, travelling economy-class has become so stressful that we almost dread everything from check-in, security, waiting to board, to getting into our seat and staying in it.

Although you want to look presentable in every way in public, we may be discouraged from getting dressed like we are going to the mall or a party because it may just turn out to be inconvenient or downright uncomfortable for ourselves and our fellow travellers.

You may have seen some people ready to board their overnight flight in their pyjamas, slippers and holding a soft toy. Perhaps you liked that idea, or perhaps you were put off by it because it drew so much attention.

Fortunately for us, Bollywood has given us the “Airport Look“. Celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut have been spotted at the airport in casual attire while looking most trendy.

Starting by wearing good, comfortable shoes which you can easily slip on and take off. I don’t recommend laces and buckles that require time as well as space to fasten and unfasten.

If you risk swelling of your feet and legs because of sitting for long periods, try wearing compression socks, which will help improve blood circulation and reduce pain.
You should try to move around the cabin as often as you can to get your legs moving and blood flowing.

If you must look your absolute best after landing, many airports usually have washrooms before you proceed to immigration and customs. These washrooms are less used by passengers as they are hurrying out and therefore are usually clean. You can change and freshen up here to your satisfaction.

Don’t worry about getting to immigration along with your fellow passengers. The officers are only concerned about proper documentation and their validity for you to enter the country.

Secondly, your checked-in baggage will be safely waiting for you at the baggage claim area. I was once delayed in immigration by 3 hours after I had landed. I was still able to find my bags in the baggage claim area amongst several other bags from various other flights.
You can always ask an official where your bags were supposed to arrive and they can direct you accordingly.

Take advantage of Arrivals Lounges to freshen up

Some airports serving important cities such as Hongkong, Abu Dhabi, Doha, London and Zurich feature lounges after Arrivals. These lounges are found outside the security area, after immigration and baggage claim.
They usually serve clients arriving on early morning flights, looking to freshen up, have a shower, get their suit pressed, and have a hearty breakfast before starting their day.

Arrivals lounges are convenient for passengers who need to wait at the airport for a few more hours for various factors. Perhaps there is still too much time before that business meeting, or it is still too early for hotel check-in, or that bus/train out of town departs later in the day.

Whatever your reasons, these lounges are perfect for a great start to your day and before heading out to that special event or meeting that someone very special.

Prepare a list of things you must have on you

In a long haul flight, your amenity kit in the economy class will at least include a pillow, blanket and headphones, which should all be returned at the end of the journey.

Gone are the days on most flights when you used to get toiletries bag in the economy class to take home. Even business class amenities are getting the red-ink in penurious airlines of today.

Except for valuables and travel documents, I don’t like to take anything on my person which I will not use in-flight. Everything else, including my jacket, goes into my carry-on and stowed overhead.

Now, whatever you like to carry or not carry, is up to you. Here’s my list below:

1. A Soft Toy or a Neck-Pillow

I am not big on having a neck pillow, but when I am sleeping on a chair, I prefer crossing my arms across my chest. I don’t know why I do this but I’ll know where my arms are when I am asleep. 😉

Holding a pillow or a soft toy on my chest makes it easier on my arms to rest there.

2. Phone and/or a tablet/iPad

Inflight personal entertainment systems have made progress by leaps and bounds in the last decade. Today, you will find a wide selection of Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi and Telugu movies on most international flights.
Emirates even streams a selection of live sports such as Soccer, Basket Ball and NFL. Cricket fans, as of writing, however, will be disappointed.

When the inflight entertainment falls short, or worse, is broken 😱, you need to be prepared with a backup plan: a tablet or iPad loaded with games and movies.
You can be relaxed with your preferred shows not only not board but also on the ground, especially if you are waiting for a connection at an airport without WiFi.

With Wi-Fi connectivity arriving onboard several airlines and making us more connected than ever, we have yet another reason to keep our phones. Onboard Wi-Fi will allow friends and family to stay connected on social media such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and IMO. But you may not make VOIP calls, or access video streaming sites like YouTube.

3. Phone and Tablet charger + earphones

Don’t forget to bring along your phone and tablet charger. I hate carrying wires with me but they are important for survival.

Also, bring your own earphones or headphones to use with your phone or tablet. I never liked those inflight headphones. I bet they make them as such because you wouldn’t even take them home!

4. Don’t forget your pen

While we are concerned about our tickets and passports and visas and baggage and such, one ritual we tend to let slip from memory is filling out an arrival-card just before landing at your international destination.

If you forget what an Arrival Card looks like, here is a sample. United States Customs and Border Protection [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

An Arrival Card asks for additional information, not in your passport, such as the purpose of your visit, how much cash you are carrying, the value of your baggage, and if you are bringing in any products or food that may be prohibited.

The annoying part of all Arrival Cards is filling in passport details. That’s when you will see some uncles get up from their seats and open the overhead bin and create some noise.

For the sake of privacy, keep a picture of your passport details in your phone or write them down on a handy piece of paper that will always be with you on your person.

And don’t forget to bring your ballpoint pen from home!

5. Make space for the Bathroom Bottle

If you habituated to using water when using the toilet, prepare yourself if you get stuck in a place with only toilet-paper. I usually buy a bottle of water after security so I can keep that until I have reached my destination.

You don’t want to be in a situation like Ramji from that R. Madhavan movie.
I have been through that before myself. 😅

Consider getting a Global SIM card

Travel SIM cards are useful and convenient in keeping you always connected to your faraway family. You can be anywhere in the world and make a phone call, send a text message and even access the internet with a Global SIM card.

Photo by VanveenJF

I have previously written a comprehensive article on choosing the right Travel SIM cards. In that post, I studied talk, text and data plans from several companies and came to a conclusion on which SIM plan was right for me in various situations. I would like to summarize my findings in a few bullet points here.

  • If I am going to India, I would go for OneSimCard Universal with the Asiania Data Plan, which costs $40 for 3Gb of data for 30 days.
  • If I am in the UAE, I would rather buy a local SIM from either Etisalat or du
  • A SIM from Roam Mobility is best for a trip to the USA lasting no longer than a week. If I plan to stay longer than that, then I would choose the WorldSIM USA Travel SIM Card.
  • Drimsim is great if I am in Europe only for a few hours. Otherwise, I would consider getting a WorldSIM Europe SIM card with a data bundle for my Europe adventure.

I have also written about Data Only SIMs and SIM plans exclusively for residents of India going abroad. Read it all at “How to choose the right Global SIM Cards for Indian travellers“.

Anything else you would like to add?

If you feel that I have not covered enough about preparing for a long haul flight, let us know in our comments below. We would love to read about your experiences too!

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How to choose the right Global SIM Cards for Indian travellers

Having a SIM card that can connect you globally is enviable. You will always want to send a quick text message or make a short phone call to your loved ones and let them know exactly where you are. Yet with the growth of free WiFi hotspots available throughout the world in this day an age, the need for having access to phone and mobile data is being lessened.

Not long ago, I used to get a “World Traveller” addon from my mobile service provider in order to avoid the hassle of buying a SIM card abroad. However, the plan did not live up to its name. While my SIM worked in Europe, it was useless in Asia. Using 1GB of data on that plan would cost more than my monthly cell phone bill.

Such outrageous international roaming charges by major mobile service providers has stemmed many online businesses providing “Global SIM” or “Travel SIM” cards. Despite the name, these SIM cards are not truly “Global”. You will rarely find a single plan with a unified rate for all countries on the planet.

You see, every global SIM provider has a contract with one or more mobile-service providers in as many as countries they have reached out to. It is easier to make partners with private networks in Europe and the United States for example.

But state-owned operators, such as those in the Middle East can be harder to deal with. They will insist on visitors using local SIM cards for commercial reasons as well as for their own security. In some places like India, for example, you will require a national ID card which only available to Indian Citizens. In this case, you may need to persuade a local to buy a SIM card in their name using their National ID card and passport photos.
Cell phone and internet connections are also prohibitively expensive in places with poor telecommunications infrastructure.

With all that said, it is still convenient and much cheaper to buy a local SIM card in the country you are visiting. You will assuredly find a mobile phone kiosk at the arrivals halls of most airports in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Buying a SIM from these kiosks and getting it set up and registered will take no more than twenty minutes.

A dedicated Global SIM plan is useful for leisure and frequent travellers visiting multiple countries. It will save you the hassle of keeping track of multiple SIMs and can be a cost-effective strategy.

When choosing a Global SIM, you will need to figure out why you even need one. Will you need to make phone calls? Will you mainly use it to send SMS or Texting? Or are you a social network addict who needs data only?

In this post, I will discuss several of SIM card options that can be useful for Indians travelling back home or abroad. I will mainly focus on services and rates in regions where we are likely to travel most, such as the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, Europe, South East Asia, Australia and North America.

The evolution of eSIM cards

Apple Inc. gave a boost to the spread of eSIM technology when they launched the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in September 2018. An eSIM or embedded-SIM is mounted directly inside the device and is programmable.
This eliminates the need for a physical SIM-card, therefore enabling users to add or remove mobile network operators through software.

In regards to the iPhones, although you can store more than one eSIM into your device, there is a catch: you can only use one eSIM at one time. 😒

International SIM card providers are keen to offer an eSIM alternative as this technology gains wider acceptance. This will significantly reduce their cost of producing and mailing out physical SIM cards in the near future.

Talk, Text and Data International SIM Cards

Drimsim

With Russian investors behind this Spain registered company, DrimSim aims to target travellers from the former Soviet Republics. Therefore, you will find Drimsim ideal when touring Europe and North America.

With Drimsim, you will receive either a UK (+44) or EU (+3xx) based phone number. The SIM, however, will also work in more than 197 countries around the world.

When stacked up against competitors, Drimsim has the best rates for data in Europe, Australia and the United States.

Sending SMS on Drimsim is costs only 4 euro cents in Europe and North America, and with a few exceptions, up to 16 euro cents in most countries around the world.

Drimsim may not be suitable for data while roaming the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent due to high tariffs and lack of data plans.

CountryMake a Call per minSend a Text1000MB Data
India€0.30€0.16€50
Bangladesh€0.85€0.10€40
Pakistan€0.85€0.10€40
Europe & UK€0.15€0.04€10
United States€0.08€0.04€20
Canada€0.50€0.16€35
Australia€0.13€0.07€10
New Zealand€0.15€0.04€10
UAE€0.40€0.41€300
Qatar€0.40€0.16€200
Saudi Arabia€0.35€0.16€50

For more details and information on Drimsim universal SIM, visit their website.

WorldSIM

WorldSIM is a very popular Global SIM provider based on the Isle of Man. In addition to offering an International SIM card, it also has SIM cards specific to the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia+New Zealand.

With the WorldSIM International SIM Card, the rates for making calls and sending SMS are listed in the table below.

CountryMake a Call per minSend a Text
India42¢20¢
Bangladesh72¢40¢
Pakistan92¢40¢
Canada50¢20¢
UAE50¢45¢
Qatar55¢45¢
Saudi Arabia65¢45¢

If you are roaming in the UK, you should consider getting the WorldSIM UK SIM Card. Inside the UK, they offer a uniform rate of 5p for making a call, sending a text, checking voicemail and 1MB of data.

Calling India on the UK SIM card only costs 5¢ minute (compared to c/minute on the International SIM). A call to Pakistan costs 11¢/minute. Sending SMS costs 16¢ however, when compared with sending SMS on the International SIM which will cost 15¢ from the UK.

Choosing a data bundle for your UK SIM-card, in my opinion, can be cost-effective. These bundles start at $15, giving you 1Gb of data, 100 minutes of outgoing calls and 200 SMS for 30 days. The other bundles you can choose are:
2Gb of data with 200 minutes of talk time for $20
5Gb of data with 300 minutes of talk time for $35
11Gb of data, with 500 minutes of talk time for $46

If you are travelling to other countries of Europe, trip WorldSIM offers a Europe Travel SIM Card with Data Plan, which offers similar bundles as the UK plan but at a slightly higher cost. You can choose one of:
1Gb of data with 100 minutes of talk time and 200 SMS for $20
2Gb of data with 200 minutes of talk time for $27
5Gb of data with 300 minutes of talk time for $41
11Gb of data, with 500 minutes of talk time for $54

The WorldSIM USA SIM card is discussed further down in this article.

Data Plans with WorldSIM

While WorldSIM is competitive with its talk and text rates when compared with other international SIM card providers, postpaid data charges, however, remain very high. For every 1Mb of data, you will be charged at anywhere between, 20¢ to 40¢.

WorldSIM provides you with two options of either adding a data bundle to your existing international SIM card account or purchase a data-roaming SIM card.

The WorldSIM International Data Only SIM Card has the same rates for the Data Bundles discussed above. However, you also have an option add pay as you go credit from $27 to up to $135 at one time.

Data only bundles begin at 250Mb for 7 days upto 2Gb for 30 days. The cost is dependant on the country you plan to roam in.
For example, the 1Gb data bundle, with a validity of 14 days costs $74 in India, $61 in the UAE and $88 in Pakistan.

Country1000MB with a
World SIM Data Bundle
valid for 14 days
India$74
Bangladesh$64
Pakistan$88
Canada$74
Australia$61
New Zealand$61
UAE$61
Qatar$88
Saudi Arabia$61

If you are roaming in the USA or the UK, it would be advisable to purchase a Voice and Data bundle which are cheaper than data only bundles.
For $15, you can get 1Gb of data, 100 minutes of outgoing calls, and 200 SMS.
While you can get 11Gb data with 500 minutes of outgoing and 200 SMS for $46 for 30 days.

OneSimCard

OneSimCard is a division of Massachusetts based Belmont Telecom Inc. It is a prepaid SIM card, which comes with a US number as well as an Estonian number starting with +372. Estonia is one of the most liberalized telecommunications markets in the world. It is estimated that there are two cellphones for every person in Estonia.

You can also buy a Personal Extra Number (PEN) for a small fee, that will give you a local number in the country you will be roaming in. Then PENs are available in around 60 countries worldwide, however, excluding most of the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent.

A subscription with OneSimCard comes feature-rich with an iPhone and an Android App, where you will be able to view and recharge your balance, set up Voicemail, Caller ID, Call forwarding and much more.

As of writing, One SimCard does not provide service in Pakistan.

OneSimCard 24/7 Global Concierge

A unique offering to all OneSimCard subscribers is a Concierge Service, available worldwide, round the clock and every day of the year. For those unfamiliar, a 24/7 Global Concierge Service is a huge perk, which moneyed people pursue, especially when signing up with exclusive credit cards.

A 24/7 Global Concierge service can help you in any mundane or emergency situation. If you or your fellow companion were suddenly taken ill, or involved in an accident or a life-threatening situation, a concierge service will be able to guide you through these situations by working with thousands of professional and emergency medical networks globally.

You can use a concierge service for everyday tasks such as a hotel or restaurant reservation. You can call to find information about different countries, flights, transportation and weather. You can schedule a wake-up call just like you would at a hotel.

Additionally, concierge services can also be able to organize business meetings and conference calls, get you office equipment for rent, give you currency rates, stock market indices and even document translation.

OneSimCard offers three tiers of subscriptions

OneSimCard has provides three different types of SIM cards: Universal, Expediaiton and Europe.

The differences between Universal and Expedition can be confusing at first because it is not clear in what areas and in which countries choosing Expedition has advantages over Universal.

However, things get even more confusing when you need to choose a plan for data, talk, or text. You will find OneSimCard has divided the world effectively into Zone A, which consists of countries with advanced economies and Zone B, the rest of the world.

While it is easy to see that Zone A has better deals, OneSimCard has targeted several Zone B countries with Giga and Asiania plans by offering attractive rates compared to their other plans.

You may want to use their SIM card selection tool to make it easier for you to decide your options and avoid any regrets.

OneSimCard Universal

OneSimCard Universal will provide Talk and Text service for standard rates in most countries around the world. It will allow you to dial directly to over 70 countries around the world. Compared to other plans offered by OneSimCard you will find that Universal will fit most of your needs.

The table below list roaming rates in countries around the world frequented by Indian travellers.

CountryMake a Call per minSend a Text
India55¢$1.10
Bangladesh59¢$1.10
United Kingdom39¢25¢
United States49¢20¢
Canada65¢45¢
Australia49¢45¢
New Zealand39¢$1.10
UAE69¢45¢
Qatar75¢$1.10
Saudi Arabia59¢$1.10
Data plans on OneSimCard Universal

An Internet Data plan is a must if you need to be connected to e-mail and social media. OneSimCard Universal provides 5 types of Data plans: Zone A, Zone B, Asiania, Giga and EU Data.

Zone-A data plan provides discounts in countries like Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, the USA and the United Kingdom.
1000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $20
2000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $38
3000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $55
5000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $90

Zone-B data plan covers countries such as India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and South Africa.
On this plan, 1000 MB of data for 30 days costs $75
2000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $110
3000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $175
1000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $199

The Asiania plan offers 3000 MB for $39 for 30 days. It covers 13 countries in Asia such as India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan. It provides the best value for data in these countries with a significant discount compared to Zone A and Zone B data plans.

The Giga data plan provides up to 40% discount for those requiring a large amount of data.
5000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $50
10000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $87
The Giga data plan is provided in countries such as Turkey, France, Germany, Israel, the USA and the UK.

The EU data plan is for those roaming in Europe on trips lasting no longer than two weeks, yet, requiring large amounts of data.
5000 MB of data for 14 days costs $29
10000 MB of data for 14 days costs $59

OneSimCardExpedition

OneSimCard Expedition provides better rates of data and text in several countries around the world. This SIM card may prove a better deal than the Universal SIM card as long as you are not making too many phone calls.

OneSimCard Expedition uses call-back dialing in order to provide a lower cost of calling in some countries and it provides better rates of data in countries Bhutan, Iran, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

CountryMake a Call per minSend a Text
India$2.50 (and $2.00 when receiving)85¢
Bangladesh59¢40¢
United Kingdom49¢15¢
United States49¢20¢
Canada29¢20¢
Australia95¢20¢
New Zealand62¢20¢
UAE55¢40¢
Qatar94¢85¢
Saudi Arabia69¢20¢
Data plans on OneSimCard Expedition

OneSimCard Expedition comes with 3 types of Data plans: Zone A, Zone B and Giga.
Discounts are more noticeable on Zone A and Giga plans when purchasing data of up to 5000MB compared to OneSimCard Universal

Zone-A data plan provides discounts in Europe in countries like France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
1000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $20
2000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $35
5000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $45 (compare $90 with Universal)

Zone-B data plan on OneSimCard Expedition has no advantage over other plans. It is best to avoid this plan altogether. Confusingly, the Zone-B plan on OneSimCard Expedition is split into Standard Data allowance and Advantage Data allowance.

The Standard Data Allowance covers countries such as Canada, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE
500 MB of data costs $75
1000 MB of data will cost you $100

The Advantage Data allowance covers countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Sri Lanka, France, Germany, the UK and the USA.
1000 MB of data costs $75
2000 MB of data will cost you $100

The Giga data plan on OneSimCard Expedition is only offered in Turkey. It offers a further 40% discount on the Universal Giga Plan.
5000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $30 (compare with $50 on Universal)

OneSimCard Europe and More

The OneSimCard Europe plan unifies all of Europe with a uniform rate for calling and texting. You can make a call for 25¢/minute and send a single text message for 25¢ from anywhere in Europe.

This subscription offers two kinds of data plans splitting Europe into two: Zone A and Special

Zone A covers major countries such as the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland
1000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $20
3000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $50 (compare $55 with OneSimCard Universal Zone A)
5000 MB of data for 30 days can be purchased for $60 (compare $90 with OneSimCard Universal Zone A)

Zone Special covers the rest of Europe such as Ireland, Switzerland and Sweden.
1GB of data for 14 days will cost you $50
2GB of data for 14 days will cost you $75
3GB of data for 14 days will cost you $100

Therefore if you are visiting Zone Special countries, you will be better off with a OneSimCard Universal plan.

Data Only SIM Cards

If you are someone who seldom needs to make a phone call and keeps in touch mostly through messaging apps, then a Data Only SIM card can be an ideal and affordable alternative.

You can also use Data Only SIM cards in your Tablets, Chromebooks and Laptops that have SIM slots, and remain online to write e-mails, connect to VPN and watch YouTube.

Keep Go

Keepgo stands out from the other Data Plans because the amount of data you purchase is valid lifetime and will not expire. But there is one catch: You must keep your account active with at least 1 refill a year.

A Keepgo SIM costs $50 to purchase and comes with 1GB data. You can then refill data whenever you need to at discounted rates.

As of writing, a 1Gb refill costs $26
A 3Gb refill costs $61
A 5Gb refill costs $88

Before you buy a Keepgo sim, you must find out if your destination is covered and the type of network you are likely to be on. Most notably missing from this list are Bangladesh, Nepal, UAE, Oman and Bahrain,

KnowRoaming

Do you have a phone that accepts only a single SIM card? Then a KnowRoaming sticker may just be for you.

KnowRoaming is unique in offering a sticker to go on top of your existing SIM card. This sticker operates as a second SIM card, to be used for roaming data. As of writing, this SIM sticker costs $30

Additionally, for smartphones such as the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, Google Pixel 3, KnowRoaming offers an eSIM that can be activated using a serial number. An eSIM (embedded SIM) eliminates the need for a physical SIM card altogether.

If you have a spare SIM slot and like to have a SIM card you can touch and feel, KnowRoaming sells one $10.

There are 3 kinds of data packagesKnowRoaming offers to its customers for flexibility.

Unlimited data packages with KnowRoaming

For select countries around the world, KnowRoaming offers Unlimited data packages starting $4 a day.
A 3 day unlimited global data package costs $10

If you are visiting the USA, KnowRoaming offers an unlimited US data package of $6 for 3 days, which is actually a deal.

These short term unlimited data packages are great for short trips, or when you require large amounts of data for example in an emergency, or if you are left waiting and your options to do anything else for fun are limited.

Long term data Packages with KnowRoaming

Long term with KnowRoaming only lasts either 15 days or 30 days maximum. 🤨

A Global Data package with 1Gb data for 15 days costs $25
while 5Gb data valid for 30 days costs $100

KnowRoaming offers better deals for those roaming in the USA or select countries in Asia-Pacific such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, and Qatar.

The following are the rates for The USA data package and the Asia Pacific data package

Data AmountValidityCost
1Gb15 days$10
5Gb30 days$40

This is a better deal than DrimSim and OneSimCard.

Pay as you go data with KnowRoaming

Know Roaming Pay as you go data rates are very high if you compare to other services like DrimSim. Therefore I would not recommend this.

Country1000 MB dataSend a Text
India$20021¢
Bangladesh$25058¢
Pakistan$20058¢
United Kingdom$25021¢
United States$10018¢
Canada$15025¢
Australia$15025¢
New Zealand$15021¢
UAE$25088¢
Qatar$50048¢
Saudi Arabia$25038¢

GigSky

GigSky takes out the confusion of lengthy rate tables and instead offers a uniform rate in select countries across four of seven regions of the world.

The GigSky data SIM card is ideal when North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific. The following table list the rates for these regions.

Data AmountValidityCost
800MB1 day$10
1Gb15 days$20
2Gb15 days$30
5Gb30 days$50

However, not all countries are covered in these plans. For example, the Asia-Pacific plan excludes most countries in Central-Asia, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines. The Europe regional plan excludes the Balkan states and Belarus. The South America regional plan excludes Venezuela, Suriname and the Dominican.

Although Gig Sky covers some of the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean, the rates are much higher for these regions. 1Gb for 30 days will set you back $50.

SIM cards for roaming in the USA 🇺🇸

The United States is a very large travel market which welcomes more than 76 million visitors from abroad every year. More than half of these visitors come from Canada and Mexico. Therefore, international SIM card providers are eager to tap into this market by offering attractive deals and special SIM cards for roaming in the USA.

Roam Mobility

Roam Mobility is specialized in providing a roaming SIM card only for the United States. It targets Canadians who go south of the border for a few days and those who spend their winters in the warmer states.

Roam Mobility prices are stated in Canadian Dollars. Their daily rates start at $4.95/day, which gives you unlimited talk, text and data on 2G network.
The first 1Gb of data will be provided on a 4G/LTE speeds after which your data will slow to 2G for the rest of the day.

This is a competitive rate compared to Bell, Rogers and Fido which charge $7 a day to bring your Canadian plan (talk, text and data) across the border. To protect consumers, Canadian providers, by law, will limit you to $100 of data on your bill.

Roam Mobility provides Monthly plans and Tri-Monthly (snowbird) plans for visitors and business travellers who spend extended time in the USA. Starting at $40 a month, Roam Mobility offers unlimited talk, text and 2Gb of data on LTE speeds and unlimited data on 2G.

Roam Mobility offers Data only plans, which are not add-ons. The amount of data you purchase is all you get. However, the rates for data only are not as attractive as offered by their subsidiary, AoW as discussed below.

AoW – Always online Wireless

Always online Wireless or AoW is a subsidiary of RoamMobility which is discussed above. It provides data-only plans in over 90 countries around the world.

AoW’s data plans are ideal for travellers who may only need to access the internet from their devices for short periods of time. Many travellers, for the most part, do not see the need to be constantly connected. They sometimes require only access their e-mail or retrieve their online bookings.

When compared to data-only SIM cards, discussed earlier, AoW comes out expensive for roaming in most countries. However, it has very attractive rates for roaming in the USA.

Roaming in the USAAmount of DataRate
1 hour100Mb$1
1 day500Mb$3
15 days1Gb$8
15 days3Gb$23
15 days5Gb$35

WorldSIM USA Travel SIM Card

We discussed WorldSIM’s International SIM card above, which works in over 118 countries around the world. However, if you are roaming in the USA for extended periods, then WorldSIM has a USA special SIM card and attractive plans to go with.

If we start with the most expensive USA plan by WorldSIM, it starts at $46 and comes with 11Gb of data valid for 30 days, 200 SMS and unlimited minutes.

The next cheapest WorldSIM USA plan comes with 5Gb of data for 30 days, 200 SMS and unlimited minutes for a total of $35.
Compare this with AoW’s 5Gb data only plan at $35 and Roam Mobility’s $40 plan that offers 2Gb of data on LTE with Unlimited talk and text.

WorldSIM USA uses T-Mobile, which covers 59% of the USA, second only to Verizon. While T-Mobile covers the entire Eastern half of the USA and most of the West coast, there are blank spots in the states of Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa, where you will be better served by SIM cards operating on Verizon and AT&T networks.

International SIM for Indian Residents and Students going abroad 🇮🇳

If you are a resident of India who is travelling abroad, there are domestic companies, that are offering International SIM cards with rates posted in Indian Rupees.

While these companies offer attractive packages for talk and text, the rates for the amount of data entirely depends on the local provider they are partnered with abroad. For examples, these SIM cards offer competitive rates for countries like the USA, the UK and Australia. But in places like Canada and the Middle East, it would be best if you skip this option and instead buy a local SIM card in the country you are going to as soon as you land.

Roam1

Roam1 offers plans for talk, text and data for travellers roaming more than 60 countries around the world.

A US SIM from Roam1 card with unlimited talk, text and data for 30 days costs ₹4000 [≈ $55 US]. This same plan is offered by Verizon for $70 and T-mobile for $60 per month.

Roam1 offers discounts to students going to the UK and Australia. While these plans do not offer unlimited data, a UK student plan that offers 10GB of data with unlimited talk and text for 30 days costs ₹2645 [≈ £30].
An Australian student plan which offers 40 GB of data with unlimited talk and text for 30 days costs ₹2695 [≈ A$55]

A Canadian SIM from Roam1 with 2GB data with unlimited talk and text costs ₹3945 [≈ C$73], which is quite expensive.

A SIM for UAE and other Gulf Countries lasts only 10 days but costs a whopping ₹3699.

Airtel

If you are an existing customer of Airtel and have their SIM, then you can activate their International Roaming Pack using their website.

A 30 day International Roaming plan with Airtel that offers with 5GB of data, unlimited incoming calls, 500 minutes of outgoing calls, and 100 SMSs, will cost you ₹3997 [≈ $55 US]. This is probably the best offer with data from Airtel.

If you are rather on a budget and are not particular about a data plan, but require making a phone-call, then Airtel offers a ₹450 [≈ $6 US] plan that gives you 75 minutes of free calling. It is also valid for up to 90 days after activation.

Airtel also offers other plans that are valid for 10 days and 1 day, but these are comparatively more expensive than the two plans discussed above.

Matrix Cellular

Matrix Cellular is a Mehrauli, Delhi based International SIM card provider that has attractive offers if you are an international student roaming in the UK and the USA.

Matrix Cellular offers three plans, exclusive for students going to the USA, which are valid for 90 days. The plans start at ₹3150 and feature unlimited incoming and local calls, 50 minutes of calls to India, 3GB of high-speed data per month and unlimited data on 2g networks.
If you need more high-speed data per month in the USA, you can get 8GB of data for ₹4200 and 15GB of high-speed data for ₹5250, including all the features in the 3GB plan.
A student visa is mandatory to purchase these plans.

If you will be studying in the UK, then Matrix Cellular as similar 90 day plans with start at ₹2700, with 5GB per month of high-speed data, 50 minutes per month of calls to India and unlimited incoming and local calls.
Matrix Cellular also has a UK Student plan offering unlimited high-speed data for 90 days for ₹6750.

There are several plans from Matrix Cellular if you are travelling to the UK and Continental Europe. All plans offer unlimited data on 2G networks and differ only in the amount of high-speed data and the number of minutes of outgoing calls.

If you are travelling to the UAE, Matrix Cellular offers talk, text and data plans for a maximum of 10 days. If you are a heavy data user, for ₹2500, you can get 2GB of high-speed data, 100 Minutes Local Calls 50 Minutes Calls to India.
The ₹3500 plan also 3GB of high-speed data 200 Minutes Local Calls and 100 Minutes Calls to India.
Both plans offer unlimited data on 2g networks and are limited to a maximum of 10 days.

If you simply need to make phone calls from the UAE, there is a 7-day plan for ₹1000 allowing you unlimited incoming calls and 50 minutes of outgoing calls.

If you plan to stay for more than 10 days in the UAE, it is best to buy a local SIM card from local network providers like Etisalat or du (continue reading to the end of this post for a discussion on this)

Matrix Cellular also offers a Global MiFi device which becomes a mobile internet hotspot for all your devices. A mobile hotspot device is ideal when you are travelling with your family or a group.

Matrix Cellular has three MiFi plans that offer unlimited data worldwide depending on the length of your trip.
A 10 day MiFi plan with Matrix Cellular, with unlimited data costs ₹4000,
a 20 day MiFi plan costs ₹5700,
and a 30 day MiFi plan costs ₹7100.

When you return your MiFi device to Matrix cellular, you will be refunded ₹1500 from the total amount you had paid before your trip.

Reliance Passport

Reliance Communications offers a World SIM that is targeted to business travellers. It works in more than 160 countries, with mostly post-paid options – keeping in mind that business people will travel to more than one country in a year.

A local call with Reliance Passport on average costs ₹15/minute in Europe, North America and most of the Middle East. A 1-minute call to India costs an average ₹25/minute.

Data charges are not clearly posted. However, a USA package, which offers Unlimited local calling, 500 minutes to India, and 1GB of data on 4G and unlimited on 2G for 30 days will set you back ₹4000 [≈ $ 55 US]

The Reliance passport is not sold online. You will have to call a number or email them at the address provided on their contacts page.

The Final Word

I can only speak for myself on what I would choose because your circumstances are likely to differ from mine.

As someone who lives in Canada, who travels to India and the Middle East and takes occasional trips into the USA, I have to look at more than one option.

🇮🇳 When I visit India, I stay anywhere between 10 and 30 days. I would usually travel across the states of Karnataka, Maharastra and Gujarat. I may have to make quick phone calls about my whereabouts but having data will be important to me because of WhatsApp.

For Foreigners, buying a SIM in India is a pain. Not only you need your ID, but you need proof of Address as well. The only ID that is widely accepted is the Aadhar card. Although stories about easing the rules for foreigners circulate, I doubt this will come due to mandatory Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements.

If you do obtain a SIM by persuing a local resident, you will be charged roaming fees as the moment you cross state lines.

Anyway, with all that said, if I am going to India, I would go for OneSimCard Universal with the Asiania Data Plan, which costs $40 for 3Gb of data for 30 days.

🇸🇦 The next time I’ll visit Saudi Arabia is most likely to do Umrah or Hajj. That stay can be anywhere from one week to one month. If I insisted on having an international SIM, for Saudi Arabia, I would go for DrimSIM which would cost me roughly $55 for 1000 MB of data, 39¢ for a one minute call and 18¢ for text.

If I plan to stay for more than two weeks, I would rather, buy a local SIM card. It’s not too hard to buy a SIM in Saudi Arabia: you’ll need to show your Passport and Visa and give them your fingerprints. All major mobile network operators compete in offering special packages to visitors and pilgrims.

There are 3 major SIM providers in Saudi Arabia: the state-owned Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Mobily and Zain.
Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) such as Virgin Mobile, Jawwy & Lebara will use one of the former three networks.

For as little as SR 70, (≈ $20), you can get a SIM card that comes with 10GB of data and 500 minutes of calling (Jawwy SIM 70, STC Sawa, Zain Postpaid Voice Plans Internet)

🇦🇪 If you have read on every SIM card I have written above, you will find that the rates for the UAE don’t make economic sense. If fact, the UAE has the worst rates of mobile and internet in the Middle East and some of the highest costs for accessing the internet in the world.

The UAE has a duopoly of mobile network providers: Etisalat and du. Both provide prepaid packages for tourists and visitors. For 110 AED (≈ $30) du provides 2Gb of data and 40 minutes valid for 14 days (See du tourist plans).
Etisalat offers a Visitor Line for 100 AED (≈ $28) that includes 750 MB of data, 40 minutes and 40 SMS for 90 days. You also get 5 hours of Free UAE-WiFi with this plan.

UAE WiFi by Etisalat and WiFi UAE by du is an initiative to cover all of the Emirates with wireless internet access. Once you obtain a valid UAE number, only then can you connect to one of these networks. WiFi UAE has limited coverage and you can connect for free at a limited speed of 512kbps. If you need HiSpeed WiFi, on either of the two networks, then you will be looking to pay a premium for the day using your credit card or a recharge card.

🇺🇸 If I am visiting USA, it would be anywhere from less than a day to no more than 1 week. For these short stays, Roam Mobility, with their daily rate of $4.95 comes out at the top.
If I only need data, then Always Online Wireless, with their daily rate of $3 for 500Mb would be my next choice.

For a USA trip beyond 1 week, WorldSIM USA Travel SIM Card would be the easiest choice to make. You will get 5Gb of data, 200 SMS and unlimited minutes for 30 days for $35, which makes this an unbeatable deal.

🇪🇺 Since I transit through Europe on my travels, there is a tough choice between Drimsim and WorldSIM Europe.

With WorldSIM Europe, you can get a $27 data bundle for example, for 2Gb for 30 days, which includes 200 minutes of talk time and 200 free SMS. This is great if you are actually holidaying in Europe and are actually going to see places there.

With Drimsim’s pay as you go, model. you will be looking at around $23 for 2Gb data only. If you add in the cost of 200 minutes of outgoing calls, that alone will be around $30.

Drimsim is great if you are in Europe only for a few hours, at an airport that has non-existent wifi or where you may need to pay an additional fee to go online.

🇨🇦 I have a confession to make. At home, I live my life without a data plan on my phone.

😬

It saves me a lot of money because, besides having the Internet at home, my ISP gives me access to more than 1000 of their WiFi hotspots in Southern Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region.

Additionally, I can get free WiFi in department stores like Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, Canadian Tire, and at malls such as Toronto Premium Outlets, Vaughn Mills and Square One. Then there are countless of Tim Horton’s, Starbucks and Libraries providing free public WiFi to their patrons.

But if I was out on the highway, away from the urban area, and needed Internet access on my phone, then I would seriously consider getting KeepGo.
I don’t see myself as a heavy user of mobile data. Even if I was getting Canada’s cheapest data deal at $15/month, this becomes an unneeded commitment.

With KeepGo, my data will not expire at the end of the month, and I only need to commit to refill once a year and still spend less. On top of that, I can use my KeepGo SIM and data worldwide.

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What are the options for in-flight meals for South Asian and Middle Eastern travellers?

Do religion-based meals strictly adhere to their respective dietary laws?

We Indians and our neighbours around us and in the middle-east, celebrate food as sustenance from the Lord. In turn, we celebrate our Lord by giving thanks with the food he has given us. However, some foods are off-limits to us, depending on the paths to the Lord we follow, either by us being a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Jain or all or none.

When we leave home and travel to different lands, our concern for food is heightened. Some of us may question everything, Some avoid everything. Yet, others will pay no mind.

For decades, airlines from across the world have provided meals catering to individual dietary requirements. Meals based on religious dietary requirements include Kosher (KSML) and Kosher Snack (KSMLS), Muslim (MOML), Hindu (HNML) and Jain (JNML) meals.

Religion-based meals become an issue when airlines fail to fully understand their specific requirements. Even if airlines claim to fully comply, it is still unclear if the food served is certified by respective faith-based monitoring authorities.

In this post, I shall attempt to describe the different kinds of special meals Indian travellers can request while booking. I shall also highlight some problems and issues that arise concerning these meals.

No Airline can guarantee fulfilling individual dietary requirements 100%. It is up to us passengers to take some burden of due diligence if we are being serious about it.

Moslem meal (MOML)

The very name and spelling itself evokes ire among many Muslims today. Some have petitioned to urge the IATA to rename it Halal Meal in order to be more inclusive. However, calling a meal ‘Halal’ will cause more confusion and problems, especially today

By Qur’anic definition, all meals offered on all flights are halal until there is evidence of alcohol, pork-products or meat from any animal or bird that has not been sacrificed according to the Islamic ritual.

By this definition, all vegetarian and seafood meals are Halal for Muslim passengers to enjoy, (as long as alcohol was not used in their preparation)

Halal-certified meals are offered on airlines operating from most Muslim majority countries of North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia. These meals are made with halal slaughtered chicken or beef and prepared and served according to local flavours.

MOML (Moslem Meal)
Flickr user nazrazahri

India’s flag carrier, Air India states that “All non-vegetarian meals are suitable for Muslims and are prepared in accordance with Halal method.” [source]. This has, however, created controversy and confusion, which I will discuss further below.

The increased costs of Halal in most western countries discourage airlines from serving halal-certified meals. Therefore, they will go with the basic definition of Halal and serve vegetarian or seafood meals (void of alcohol) for passengers requesting the Muslim Meal (MOML).

Secondly, Muslims themselves cannot agree on what is considered Halal. While all Muslims agree on hand-slaughtered halal meat, some will strictly avoid machine-slaughtered halal.

There is also a never-ending debate on animal-derived products such as gelatin, rennet and whey from non-halal slaughtered animals. Some say these individual products are Halal while others will avoid everything non-zabiha.

With such differences amongst Muslims themselves, foreign airlines would rather avoid the halal certification route altogether.

If you requested a Moslem (MOML) Meal when booking your trip, you need to remain diligent if you are serious about Halal. Ask questions and read all label and ingredients. After all, those treats and snacks distributed to all passengers sometimes may contain an ingredient that may not agree with you.

Hindu Meal (HNML)

While it is widely perceived that Hindus are vegetarians, (thanks to Bollywood and India’s top politicians), a little over the majority of Hindus (about 53%) are non-vegetarians.

Non-Vegetarian Hindus prefer poultry, seafood, goat, and lamb as their sources of meat. Most Hindus will, however, avoid beef and pork due to the cow being considered a motherly animal and the pig being considered unclean.

The Hindu Meal (HNML) served by airlines is non-vegetarian. It will contain either lamb or chicken as an entree. But it will not contain any beef or pork. This is where it ends.

Hinduism and Sikhism prescribed method for killing an animal that is intended to be consumed. This method, called Jhatka, calls for the killing of the animal or bird, instantly, in one swift blow.

Are airlines serving their passengers Jhatka meat in their Hindu Meals then?

Unfortunately, the answer to the above question is an overwhelming negative.

On its website, India’s flag carrier Air India, when describing their Moslem Meal (MOML) states that “All non-vegetarian meals are suitable for Muslims and are prepared in accordance with Halal method.” [source].

Would then, Air India’s Hindu Meal (HNML), which contains lamb or chicken, not be slaughtered by Jhatka? Is the Hindu Meal in Air India actually Halal?

Halal meat is considered the opposite of Jhatka. An animal dies instantly with Jhatka and is considered not to have suffered even for a moment. An animal slaughtered the Halal or Kosher method has its throat slit and is then left to fight for its life until all the blood is drained.

Halal meat is considered Kutha by Sikh scholars and thus prohibited for the Khalsa.

Air India’s statement has created confusion and controversy. There are campaigns amongst the Sikh and the Hindu communities to get Air India to clarify it’s a stance. Petitions to the Prime Minister of India have also been circulated to get the Hindu Meal (HNML) inline with Hindu and Sikh beliefs.

Vegetarian Jain Meal (VJML) or Jain Meal (JNML)

The Jain Meal is the only religion-based meal offered by airlines that is strictly vegan. Jains are lacto-vegetarians and will not have any form of meat or eggs. Additionally, Jains do not eat vegetables that grow underground such as onions, potatoes, carrots, beets and radishes. Mushrooms and other fungi are also avoided.

The codes VJML and JNML are used interchangeably among airlines and there is no difference between them

Jain meals are cooked in Indian spices and are thus aromatic and flavourful especially when compared to the Vegan (VGML) Meal. You can expect a serving of Dal-Chawal or Chhole-parathe as the main entree with fruit for dessert. A bread roll, butter and a cup of yogurt are also commonly found in Jain Meals.

One would expect that with such simplistic requirements, Jain Meals should have little to no controversy. However, that may not be the case with some airlines.

Passengers have caught onions and garlic being used and served with Jain meals. Airline insensitivities have gone as far as labelling Jain Meals and Asian Vegetarian meals as one.

Again, we must do our part to educate companies if we are serious about our dietary requirements and expect others to reciprocate in the same manner.

Asian Vegetarian Meal (AVML)

Indian passengers from around the world frequently request an Asian Vegetarian (AVML) Meal when booking their trips. It is only a formality for travel agents to ask their Indian clients, “Meal, Asian Veggie ?” as they would have already put it down.

The Asian Vegetarian Meal does not contain any meat or eggs. It may accompany dairy in the form of yogurt or as one of the ingredients in the meal. It is cooked Indian-style with strong tasting herbs and spices in ghee or oil.

The Asian Vegetarian (AVML) Meal includes a dish of either potato, peas or other vegetables with paneer or tofu. This will be accompanied by rice, naan or paratha, a side salad and water. Some airlines may also include a Samosa or a spicy Puri. The accompanying dessert could be an eggless cake, gulab jamun or a carrot halwa.

Northwest Airlines Asian vegetarian meal dinner
Flickr user Arne Myer

Some people choose an Asian Vegetarian Meal (AVML) because it re-heats well. The aroma of the spices fills the air around you when you open the heated meal for the first time, much to the envy of your fellow passengers.

Unfortunately, there have been occasions where airlines failed to deliver. One reviewer, who requested an Asian Vegetarian Meal was served a vegetarian meal, void of any Asian flavour!

Other times, passengers on red-eye flights who’d enjoyed their vegetarian dinner the night before, would wake up shocked, finding a breakfast of eggs and sausage in front of them.

Airlines cannot guarantee a wholesome experience based on your dietary requirements. If you are strict about your diet, then we passengers also need to be diligent when handed out treats and snacks given to all passengers. Read the labels and the ingredients list to see if it is clear of any items you may not agree with.

Kosher (KSML)

This post would be incomplete if I did not discuss Kosher Airline Meals, which began to first appear in the 1960s for orthodox Jewish travellers. But where does Kosher fit amongst Indians? Read on to find out.

A look at India’s relationship with Judaism

India has had a long history with Jews, who first settled in Cochin in 562 BCE. They trace their ancestry to the traders of Solomon. A lost tribe of Bene Israel has resided in Mumbai and another tribe of Bene Menashe have made Manipur and Mizoram home since the time of Jesus Christ.

The imperial colonization of India beginning the 17th century brought Jews from Europe. These Jews were Sephardic (Iberian) and they eventually settled in the urban centres of Bombay, Madras and Calcutta. Their synagogues (which mostly sit empty), exist all over India to this day.

Jewish Migration to India peaked in the 1940s but after the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, most made Aliyah and left India forever.

There are over 70,000 Jews of Indian origin who live in Israel. A further 50,000 economic migrants from India and Pakistan also work for Israel’s High-tech companies and in the Healthcare sector.
Around than 80,000 Indians visit Israel every year to holiday and pilgrimage in the Holy Land.

The Kosher Meal (KSML) experience

Kosher Meals (KSML) are the most commonly requested special meal on airlines, even amongst non-Jewish passengers who believe it to be cleaner and healthier. Because kosher food containers and their content are handled together with non-kosher food in non-kosher areas, these meals come double-wrapped.

TK: KSML side dishes to the warm meal. Score 6 out of 10.
Flickr user Sucram Yef

Kosher meals are also the most expensive amongst all special meals, costing almost twice as much. However, some airlines are known to cut costs and serve sub-standard kosher food on short and mid-haul flights. The complaints are aplenty.

If you are flying an airline that flies to Israel or one that serves a significant number of Jewish passengers every year, then there should be little to no problem requesting their kosher meals which are fulfilling and satisfying.

The flag carrier of Israel, El-Al, not only has Kosher meals as standard, but it also provides options for requesting meals that are Glatt Kosher (animals without any defect in their lungs) or Kosher l’Mehadrin, a more strict level of kosher.

However, requesting a Kosher meal can be problematic with an airline that does not serve a significant number of Jewish Passengers, or worse, originating from a country, that is also hostile with Israel. Meals on these flights may comply with Kashrut, but they are in no way certified.

I once requested a Kosher Meal (KSML) on an Etihad flight between Toronto and Abu Dhabi, just to explore what I get. (Note that the UAE does not recognize the existence of Israel). At dinner time, the flight attendant came up to me said they couldn’t find my meal and asked me if I would like to have their standard (halal certified) meal of either chicken, beef or fish. I complied and happily ate what was offered and soon went to sleep.

On the return flight, a box was suddenly dropped on to my tray. It was double wrapped and barely included a serving of raw vegetables and dip. I was bewildered because not only I had forgotten about my “special meal request”, but it was nothing like a meal I had anticipated.

Kashrut is never simple. Any food that undergoes cooking or processing even if it is plant-based, such as boiled rice or steamed vegetables needs to be Kosher certified. The easiest route to bypass any kosher authority would be, therefore, to serve unprocessed fruits and vegetables in their natural state or raw.

My wife took pity on me and shared her delicious Asian Vegetarian meal (AVML) with me. She also broke open for me a box of biscuits and other snacks we had packed in our carry on.

Lesson learned.

Other Widely Available Meal Options

If your choice of a faith-based meal is unavailable when booking your flight, you may have to choose differently. I have only discussed a select few meals below that may be suitable for the Indian masses.

Vegan (VGML)

Liadmalone [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The vegan meal is suitable for vegetarians who also do not eat animal byproducts like dairy and eggs. The vegan meal includes rice, beans and lentils as the main entree, along with raw salad on the side.

A selection of fruits may be served as dessert. Some airlines will take the effort to include a vegan dessert such as coconut rolled dates, or a jelly dessert.

Vegetarian Oriental (VOML)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8635387268
Flickr user Tim Ngo

This is a vegan meal that is prepared Oriental style. It includes a selection of steamed vegetables, rice or noodles, a bread roll, a selection of fruit and a jelly dessert.

Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo (VLML)

VLML Tortiglione
Flickr user Seungho Lee

This is a Vegetarian Meal that will also contain eggs and dairy products. Here, you will discover a variety of options from airline to airline. This meal may either include pasta or rice with vegetables cooked in a sauce. You may find a savoury or sweet pastry on the side, along with a selection of fruit, cheese and dessert.

Raw Vegetable (RVML)

This is a meal of unprocessed fruits and vegetables in their natural state: washed and cut. It includes a salad of raw vegetables: tomato, lettuce, onion, celery, carrot, cucumber or lemon. You may find a selection of fruits for dessert on the side.

Fruit Platter (FPML)

Lufthansa inflight meal - Special Meal Fruit
Flickr user SomePhotosTakenByMe

A fruit platter is intended for passengers who only eat fruit when fasting. It is also great for those who prefer not to eat when moving (in planes, buses and trains) and those who suffer from altitude sickness.

A Fruit Platter Meal (FPML) consists of a selection of in-season and local varieties of fruits: apples, melons, oranges, kiwi, pineapple, grapes and berries. It may include fruit juice on the side along with water.

Discover more options on getting fed aboard

A more complete list of special airline meals and their descriptions can be found at:

https://www.inflightfeed.com/special-meals/

For passengers who are vegetarians, here is a great article on how you get your veggies on the air:

https://www.happycow.net/vegtopics/travel/airline-meal

Conclusion

Do you request a special meal when booking your flight? What has been your experience? Or would you simply opt for a standard meal because they just might be a little different this time?

Share your experiences below in the comments.

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flynas announces new route to Delhi with 5 flights a week from Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s first low-cost airline, flynas has announced Delhi as its new destination starting July 1, 2019. Five departures a week are scheduled to Delhi’s Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) from its operating base at Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport (RUH).

This announcement by flynas comes after Saudi Arabia agreed with India earlier in March 2019 to increase the number of flights by 40%, paving new opportunities for airlines operating from both countries.

Riyadh is the largest city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a population of around 7 million people. The Indian expatriate community is the largest minority in the city, with close to 1 million individuals. A large group from this Indian community come from Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, making Delhi’s International Airport even more important in the region.

flynas re-entered the Indian market in 2018 with a successful launch of flights to Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD). Previously, operating as Nas Air, it has since cancelled flights to Kochi, Kozhikode and Mumbai (BOM).

Flight #RouteDepartureArrivalFrequency
XY 329Riyadh to Delhi8:00 PM3:15 AMMon, Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
XY 330Delhi to Riyadh4:05 AM6:00 AMMon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun

flynas operates its international flights from Terminal 2 in Riyadh (RUH) and departs from terminal 3 in New Delhi (DEL)

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Riyadh: The capital of the Saudi Kingdom

Riyadh is the capital and the largest city of Saudi Arabia. With a population of over 7 million people, it is the third largest city in the Arab World and the fifth largest city in the Middle East (after Cairo, Tehran, Istanbul and Baghdad).

Riyadh is primarily a business and diplomatic destination. It is the political and administrative center of Saudi Arabia with the headquarters of most government bodies located here. Riyadh is also headquarters for a large number of banks such as Al Rajhi Bank, Riyadh Bank, and Arab National Bank and major companies like SABIC, Ma'aden, Amarai and Nadec. In addition, every publicly quoted company on Tadawul (Saudi Stock Exchange) is compelled by law to have an office in the city.

mo-- (Talk [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Amongst the residents of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is known for its extreme temperatures due to its desert location, far from major water bodies. The lack of humidity causes temperatures in the summer regularly reach above 40°C in the day and below 10°C in the winter nights.

Riyadh keeps alive the traditions and preserves the culture of Saudi Arabia through its festivals, museums and attractions. National Museum of Saudi Arabia (Al Mathaf Al Watani) showcases the Saudi and Islamic Heritage through documentaries, antiques, manuscripts, art and geological discoveries in a space of 28,000 square meters.

The Masmak Fort recounts the story of King Abdul Aziz and his men storming the fort and re-taking Riyadh from the Ar-Rasheed dynasty. King Abdul Aziz then built the Murabba Palace for himself. It is a grand and imposing structure, which the King believed would be harder to conquer.

The Jenadriya Festival is a two-week long event that takes place in the cooler months of December and January. It showcases the local heritage of all Arabian Peninsula regions as well as the Saudi Arabian heritage through sports and art like the grand camel race, local music and sword-dancing and food.

Riyadh Airport

Riyadh is served by King Khalid International Airport (RUH). It is beautiful and lavishly decorated, showcasing the Kingdom's desert roots and wealth to its visitors. It is served by more than 35 airlines, connecting to more than 80 domestic and international routes.

The land area allocated to King Khalid International Airport is the second largest in the world. It also has one of the world's tallest control towers, standing at 81 meters (266 ft). There are three operational terminals for passengers namely Terminals 1, 2 and 5. They are connected to each other by walkways. Terminal 5 is linked with Riyadh Metro's Yellow Line.

Hotels in Riyadh

Riyadh has a place to stay for every kind of visitor on every kind of budget. Most International Hotel chains have a presence in the city. The Four Season's Hotel is located in Riyadh's tallest building, the Kingdom Centre. The Faisaliyah Hotel is a Rosewood Brand hotel located in Al Faisaliyah Centre, Riyadh's third tallest building and a well-known landmark.

Many renters in Riyadh will sub-let a spare room for visitors. Men travelling without female companions can eat and stay for very cheap in rooms shared by expatriate bachelors - provided you personally know at least one of them.

Budget hotels in Riyadh are plenty in Al-Bat'ha Municipality in the centre of the city. Riyadh is a large city with a radius of approximately 22km. Therefore where you choose to stay will depend on where you will spend most of your time outside the hotel.

 

Delhi: The capital of Sultans and Maharajas

The National Capital Territory of Delhi is India's second largest metropolis after Mumbai. It is located within the much larger, National Capital Region and surrounded by several districts of the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. India's capital and the seat of its Central Government in New Delhi is one of eleven districts of Delhi.

Delhi is one of the oldest cities in the world. Archeological evidence of habitation has been found dating back 7th century BC.  Delhi has been the capital of several empires since the 12th century when Mu'izz ad-Din Muhammad Ghori captured the city and laid the foundations for the Delhi Sultanate.

Delhi reached its zenith during the reign of the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan. He built Shahjahanabad between 1638 and 1649 AD and filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court, along with elegant mosques and gardens. The Jama Masjid, the Lal Qila and Chandni Chowk, all iconic sites of Old Delhi, exist from that period.

Mughal Cuisine originated in Delhi in the courts of the Sultans and the Shahanshahs. Heavily inspired by the flavours of Central Asia and Persia, Mughal cuisine distinguishes itself with a rich base of cream, milk butter and extensive use of spices like saffron, cardamom, black pepper, dry fruits and nuts.

Some of Delhi's restaurants are known worldwide such as Karim's, Moti Mahal Deluxe and Bukhara which serve classic north Indian dishes such as Nihari, Samosa, Tandoori Chicken, Qeema Matar, Shahi Paneer and varieties of Kebabs.

Delhi is India's largest commercial centre. Information technology, telecommunications, hotels, banking, media and tourism are its most important sectors. Since historic times, Delhi has been a favourite destination for shoppers. Some of its markets have been in existence since the 1500s AD.

Chandni Chowk is Asia's largest wholesale market. Within it are several bazaars each dedicated to a specific category of products. Khari Baoli is Asia's largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea. Dariba is the market for silver and gold jewelry. Nai Sarak is the wholesale market of stationery, books, paper and decorative materials.

Delhi Airport

Delhi served by Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL), located on the south-western side of the city. It is the busiest airport in India (overtaking Mumbai in 2015). It is currently being expanded to handle up to 100 million passengers a year by 2030. Passenger numbers on Domestic routes far surpass those on International destinations combined.

Mumbai (BOM) is the busiest route from Delhi, with over 7 million passengers yearly. This is more than the number of passengers travelling to the next most popular destinations, Bengaluru (BLR), Kolkata (CCU) and Hyderabad (HYD).

Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) is connected to the Orange Line of the Delhi Metro, which takes you straight to the heart of the city at New Delhi Railway Station. It is located adjacent to National Highway 48, which connects Delhi to Gurugram, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru.

Hotels in Delhi

Delhi has hundreds of hotels and lodges available for the budget traveller. However, if the quality is imperative, then you will have to look a little farther than the centre of the city. Delhi's top hotels such as the Taj Mahal, Le Meridian, The Oberoi and the Imperial are located in New Delhi, catering to politicians, diplomats and businessmen. The south side of the city, near the airport, also has International chains such as Holiday Inn, Radisson, Marriot, Novotel and Pullman.

For the tourist and the backpacker, a number of hotels are located just west of Old Delhi in Paharganj and Karol Bagh. These locations are easy to access by the metro and close to Delhi's most popular sites and markets.

About flynas airlines

Founded in 2007 as Nas Air and rebranded in 2013, flynas is Saudi Arabia's first low-cost airline. It operates from its hub in Riyadh (RUH) with additional operating bases at Jeddah (JED) and Dammam (DMM).

flynas logo from http://www.flynas.com/images/in_flight_magazines/February2014.pdf

flynas operates around 950 weekly flights using a fleet of Airbus A320, to 26 destinations within and outside of Saudi Arabia. Its most popular destinations are to Cairo (CAI), Istanbul (IST), Dubai, (DXB), Beirut (BEY), Lahore (LHE), Karachi (KHI) and Islamabad (ISB).

For frequent flyers to select destinations, flynas offers Nas Plans, a unique concept of purchasing pre-paid round trips with an incentive to collect SMILE points up to 2.5 times in value. Nas Plans are available for 3 round trips or 6 round trips, with a validity of 3 months. Currently, Nas Plans are only available for the Economy class.

Sources: flynas News

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SpiceJet and IndiGo expand to Jeddah with daily flights from Mumbai

The demise of Jet Airways opened slots for new airlines to take over its routes. It previously operated the hugely popular Mumbai-Jeddah route, directly competing with Saudia and Air India, who had a duopoly for decades.

In March 2019, India and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase the number of flights by 40%, paving new opportunities for airlines operating from both countries.

IndiGo first announced daily departures from Mumbai (BOM) to Jeddah (JED) as its 17th international destination, starting June 05, 2019.
Additionally, IndiGO introduced new flights to Dammam (DMM) and Abu Dhabi (AUH) from Mumbai in the same announcement.

Flight #RouteDepartureArrivalFrequency
6E 1831Mumbai to Jeddah12:35 pm3:20 pmDaily
6E 1832Jeddah to Mumbai4:20 pm12:20 AMDaily

 

SpiceJet followed by announcing daily departures from Mumbai (BOM) to Jeddah (JED) starting July 05, 2019. Its inaugural flight will coincide with the start of the Hajj season, where the main events will take place near the holy city of Makkah between August 9 and August 14, 2019.

Flight #RouteDepartureArrivalFrequency
SG 68Mumbai to Jeddah7:30 pm10:15 pmDaily
SG 69Jeddah to Mumbai11:30 pm6:20 amDaily

 

Mumbai has historically been the gateway for the pilgrimage to Makkah for Muslims in India. During the British Raj, pilgrims would undertake a dangerous journey by sea to Jeddah. Today, modern airliners serve to fulfill that spiritual purpose.

More than 128,000 pilgrims made their way for Hajj from India in 2018. Their number is only expected to rise in the upcoming years.

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Jeddah: The Gateway to Makkah

The Islamic seaport city of Jeddah is a trading and commercial centre of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For more than 1400 years, the port has channelled goods into the Arabian peninsula and has been a gateway to the holy city of Makkah. Over 2 million people pass through Jeddah every year and proceed to Makkah to perform the Hajj and Umrah.

Jeddah was a premier industrial estate in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s to the early 2000s. However, it has been overtaken in that sector in recent years by Jubail, Yanbu and Riyadh. Today, Jeddah is known for its banking sector, its glam malls, upscale department stores and a beautiful waterfront on the Red Sea.

Jeddah Airport

Jeddah is served by King Abdul Aziz International Airport [JED]. It is the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia, serving over 34 million passengers annually. More than 70 airlines fly from Jeddah to 130 destinations worldwide. All of the capitals of the Middle East and North Africa are within two hours flying distance of Jeddah.

After decades of being in a miserable state of underdevelopment, an expansion and renovation project is underway to bring it to up to International standards.

Jeddah's airport features a specially designed and purpose-built Hajj Terminal, which has welcomed millions of pilgrims to the holy city of Makkah since 1981. It operates only for three months during the Hajj and remains closed for the rest of the year.

The Hajj terminal features Teflon-coated fibreglass tents suspended from pylons. It is not enclosed by walls and has natural ventilation, making it an environmentally friendly building. The atmosphere during the Hajj is like a village filled with pilgrims waiting for their bus or flight, shopping in the souk and praying at the mosque within.

Hotels in Jeddah

Jeddah has a place to stay for everyone on any kind of budget. You can find high-end international chains throughout the city as well as furnished apartments. Many renters will sub-let a spare room for visitors. Men travelling without female companions can eat and stay for very cheap in rooms shared by expatriate bachelors working in Jeddah - provided you personally know at least one of them.

Your choice of hotel will depend on where you want to stay in Jeddah and the purpose of your visit. The best hotels are found along the Corniche (avenues along the Red Sea Coast), where you will also find many leisure activities to do.

Al Balad and its neighbouring districts of Al-Hindaweyyah, Al-Sabeel, Al-Suhaifah, Al Ammariyah and Al Baghdadiyah are most ideal for shoppers and those wanting to soak up the history of Jeddah. You must, however, be prepared to deal with the heat and dust in these areas.

 

Mumbai: The commercial hub of India

Mumbai is the largest city in India. More than 12 million people live and work within its municipal boundaries. It is the financial and entertainment capital of India.

The Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in Asia. Mumbai is one of the top 10 centers of global commerce and trade. It is the economic hub of India with many of its important financial institutions and private conglomerates located here such as the Reserve Bank of India, Reliance Industries, Tata Group and Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood, India's motion picture industry. It produces around 200 films every year at studios in Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri. India's premier entertainment channels such as Zee TV, Sony Entertainment, StarPlus and Sony ESPN are also headquartered in Mumbai.

Mumbai has many attractions and places of interests such as colonial buildings, museums, beaches, zoos, gardens, markets and religious places. Some of the most famous landmarks of Mumbai include the Victoria Terminus, Haji Ali Darga, Maratha Mandir (cinema hall), The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gateway of India.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). Domestic travel outnumbers International travel at Mumbai. It is a hub for Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet.

The most popular domestic destinations from Mumbai are to New Delhi, Bangalore, Goa and Chennai. Whereas the top international destinations from Mumbai are to Dubai, London, Singapore and Bangkok.

Hotels in Mumbai

Mumbai offers many options for accommodation, however for those new to the city, it is best to stick to established brand name hotel chains. Many are easy to find around the airport as well as in South Mumbai, where most important businesses take place.

Indigo Airlines

IndiGo (InterGlobe Aviation Limited) is India's largest airline with a 50% share in the domestic Indian market. It carries more than 46 million passengers annually to more than 50 domestic and 17 international destinations.

IndiGO Logo. From their website at www.goindigo.in

IndiGo is headquartered in Gurugram. Its primary hub is at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and it operates additional bases in Chennai (MAA), Mumbai (BOM), Bengaluru (BLR), Hyderabad, (HYD), Kolkata (CCY) and Ahmedabad (AMD).

IndiGo was founded in 2006 with an inaugural flight from Delhi to Guwahati and Imphal by 2010 it had become India's largest and fastest growing airline, surpassing flag carrier Air India and the now defunct King Fisher Airlines and Jet Airways.

IndiGo's clever use of its IATA designator 6E in marketing its brand has made it even more "sexy" with phrases such as 6E Fares, 6E Add-ons, and its inflight magazine, Hello6E.

SpiceJet Airlines

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SpiceJet is India's second largest airline after IndiGo, by the number of domestic passengers carried. It is headquartered in Gurugram, and its hub is at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

SpiceJet was founded in 2004 as a successor of on ModiLuft, which had shut down in 1996. With an initial shaky start, it now boasts a 13.6% domestic air passenger market share as of March 2019. The airline operates more than 300 daily flights to 47 Indian and 7 international destinations from its hubs at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Sources: SpiceJet News, Indigo Press Releases.

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British Airways returns to Islamabad with non-stop flights to London

After an absence of nearly 11 years, British Airways is set to resume non-stop flights from London (LHR) to Islamabad (ISB) on Sunday, June 02, 2019.

The London-Islamabad flight will operate 3 times a week, on British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The route will offer three classes of inflight services: World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World.

British Airways long-haul flights include complimentary food and drink, online check-in and free seat selection 24 hours prior to departure.

RouteDaysDepartureArrival
London (LHR) to Islamabad (ISB)Tue, Thu, Sun9:15 PM9:55 AM
Islamabad (ISB) to London (LHR)Mon, Wed, Fri11:40 AM4:00 PM

 

The London-Islamabad route is set to take advantage of the brand new Islamabad International Airport (ISB), which opened in May 2018. It serves as a primary long-haul international airport for Pakistanis and visitors to Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Muzaffarabad and the northernmost areas of the country.

British Airways first began flying to Islamabad from London in 1976. It suspended flights to Pakistan in 2008, citing security and terrorism concerns, after the Marriott hotel bombing in Islamabad.

On September 20, 2008, the Islamabad Marriott hotel was bombed in a terrorist attack. A dump truck filled with 600 kg of explosives was detonated at the front barrier of the hotel. The resulting blast caused a severe gas leak, setting the hotel on fire.
54 people were killed including 46 Pakistanis and 266 people were injured, of whom 245 were Pakistanis and 4 were British.

Preparations have been ongoing at Islamabad International Airport ahead of the inaugural flight. Law enforcement officials have been reviewing security inside as well as outside to ensure safety for passengers and others visiting the airport.

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Islamabad: A tranquil capital seated in natural beauty

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan and its 9th largest city. It is a purpose-built capital city which is accessible from all parts of the country, replacing Karachi in 1960. It is known today for its high standards of living, safety and abundant greenery, which have attracted migrants from all over the country, making Islamabad the most cosmopolitan city of Pakistan.

Islamabad lies in the Margalla Hills, which are foothills of the Himalayas. Its climate is characterized as cool and humid, with plenty of rainfall, producing lush green and tranquil wilderness. The many hiking and biking trails in the Margallas are a favourite for local and foreign adventurers alike.

Islamabad was built adjacent to Rawalpindi to its north. Both cities are socially and economically intertwined. During the British Raj, Rawalpindi was a major center of its military power. It was developed from a small town to a military cantonment and a centre of commerce in north India. Today, it is the fourth largest city in Pakistan and serves as the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army.

The Economy of the Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metropolitan area is largely service based. While a majority of people are employed in the federal government, many software and technology companies have set up offices in science parks developed for that purpose. State-owned entities such as Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Television Corporation, Pakistan Telecom and the Oil and Gas Development Corporation area headquartered in Islamabad.

Islamabad and Rawalpindi are served by Islamabad International Airport (ISB) which opened in May 2018. It replaced the now-closed Benazir Bhutto International Airport, in order to accommodate increasing air traffic and passenger load.

Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metropolitan area boasts an active nightlife centred around restaurants and stalls serving the best tasting Pakistani foods. Many international fast food chains are also found, such as KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, but eating there is seen as a status symbol rather than affordable convenience.

Most hotels catering to visitors are found Islamabad. It is best to stick to establishments that are mid-range and above, due to concerns of safety and cleanliness.
Islamabad has well-known hotel chains such as Crown Plaza, Ramada and Marriott.

 

London: A vibrant and noisy centre of global finance and commerce

London is one of the most global cities in the world. It is deeply connected to the world economy and is considered an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics and commerce. This makes London one of the most desired city to visit internationally.

London was founded over 2000 years ago. It exchanged hands from the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings and the Normans. It has been a centre of trade and commerce for more than 1500 years. The London Stock Exchange was founded around 450 years ago. It is the oldest stock exchange in the world and the third largest after New York and NASDAQ.

London has a diverse range of people and cultures. More than 300 languages are spoken here. More than 36% of Londoners are foreign-born. London's restaurants accommodate to every kind of budget and tastes. You can find dishes from almost every part of the world, with some on par or if not, even better than their countries of origin.

As one of the world's leading tourism destinations, London has no shortage of sites to see. One of the most notable attractions is the London Eye - a 135-metre Ferris wheel that gives you a magnificent areal view of the city. London's most famous attractions include The Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and much much more.

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London's Airports

When it comes to flying, London is the most served destination in the world. More than 170 million passengers fly through London’s six airports every year.

London is served by six airports which surround the city in all directions. Before you book your flight, you will need to find out where your chosen flight will land or take off from, and your options for getting to and from that airport. Read my post describing London’s six major airports that serve many different airlines and destinations.

Hotels in London

There is no shortage of the kinds of accommodation London has to offer depending on your budget. Your choice of the hotel also depends on whether you need quick access to certain airports or business areas or attractions. Hotel rates in London are notoriously expensive. Hotel prices are often linked to their proximity to a tube or railway station with a fast link to Central London.

Hotel rates in London can also be expensive during the week, as it relies heavily on the business market but prices often drop over the weekend. Many hotel chains offer substantial discounts if you book well in advance, but you have to pay the full amount upfront at the time of booking and there are no refunds if you cancel.

About British Airways

British Airways is part of the International Airlines Group, which also holds Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling. It is a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance, along with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas. It is the largest airline in the United Kingdom in terms of fleet size, international flights, and international destinations.

Heathrow Airport (LHR) is the main base for British Airways where it owns 40% of slots. It has a major presence at Gatwick Airport (LGW) as well as London City Airport (LCY) where it operates as BA CityFlyer.

Within the UK and Europe, British Airways offers two classes of inflight services: Economy and Business Class, which is branded as "Club Europe".
On Mid-haul and Long Haul Flights, British Airways offers four classes of inflight services: World Traveller (Economy), World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy), Club World (Business) and First Class.

British Airways flies over 45 million passengers a year to over 180 destinations worldwide in a fleet of 293 aircraft. It has an annual turnover of £12.5 billion a year with a profit of £1.9 billion. Its most popular route is London Heathrow (LHR) to New York JFK which generates the airline over $1 billion a year alone.

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Egypt Air begins non-stop flights between Cairo International and Washington Dulles

Egypt Air is flying a new route non-stop from Cairo International Airport (CAI) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) from June 3, 2019. This route marks another step by the Government of Egypt, to further improve diplomatic relations with the United States.
The announcement for this route came just before President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made an official visit to the White House in April.

The Cairo (CAI) – Washington (IAD) route is planned to operate three times a week. Flights depart from Cairo International Airport on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The return flights depart Washington Dulles International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Egypt Air will fly the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on this route. It has the capacity to seat 280 passengers in a three-class arrangement.

RouteDayDepartureArrival
Cairo to Washington D.C.Monday, Wednesday, Friday11:00 PM5:10 AM (next day)
Washington D.C. to CairoTuesday, Thursday, Saturday12:00 PM4:50 AM (next day)

 

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The importance of Egypt and the United States to each other

Since the 1978 Camp David Accords, Egypt has remained a strong and important ally of the United States. It is a key economic and security partner in the Middle East.

Egypt remains the largest non-NATO beneficiary of US military aid after Israel. This enables the United States to access the oil routes in the Arabian Peninsula and to secure the Suez Canal, which is critical for U.S. warships transiting from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

The Government of Egypt maintains a Commerical Office in Washington D.C., which works toward advancing and developing foreign trade and commerce with the United States. Delegates visit Egypt on a regular basis and meet with officials and local MPs on various economic matters.

While the majority of Egyptians in the United States are found in the New York City Metropolitan Area, a significant number of Egyptian-Americans are also found in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Egyptian Americans are known for their relatively high educational status and professional attainment in management, business, science and arts. The Government of Egypt sees them as a valuable resource for foreign direct investment, and a source of income through remittances sent home to families in Egypt.

Egypt is a popular tourist attraction and tourists play a crucial role in Egypt’s economy. The major tourist attractions for Americans to Egypt are those of Ancient Egypt such as the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Luxor and Abu Simbel.

Egypt is one of the sunniest countries in the world. Its climate attracts beachgoers to resorts in Alexandria and Sharm Al-Sheikh. The Nile cruises between Aswan and Luxor are also extremely popular.

However, due to the threat of terrorism and local attitudes, it would be wise to check with the US Department of State for any Travel Advisory issued for Egypt before booking your trip.

Washington D.C.: The political centre of the modern world

Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States of America. It was named after the founding father and the first president, George Washington, who helped locate and plan the city. Washington himself preferred to call it "Federal City". It is located just south of the Mason-Dixon line, that demarcates the Northern United States and the Southern United States.

Washington D.C. is the political capital of the world. It is a city that was created by politics for politics. Images of the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial are famous throughout the world as icons of the United States of America, the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation.

Every visitor to Washington D.C. must see its main attraction, The National Mall. It is a unique National Park that has a large concentration of monuments, memorials, museums and government offices.

The Mall begins at the Capitol Hill on the east end, followed by a cluster of 19 Smithsonian Museums, that is free and open to the public 364 days a year (closed on Christmas Day). The west end of The Mall contains the Washington Monument followed by the reflecting pool and ends at the Lincoln Memorial on the bank of the Potomac River. The White House is located just north of the Washington Monument.

The National Mall is much larger than it looks because of the massive size of its buildings. It stretched 3.2 km end-to-end. So you must be prepared with good shoes to walk in. In the hot and humid D.C. summers, it is advisable to visit the indoor museums in the afternoon and then visit the exterior attractions in the cool evenings.

The Arlington National Cemetary is located across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial. It a United States military cemetery where the dead of the nation's conflicts have been buried since the Civil War. The Pentagon is located adjacent to the south side of the cemetery.

George Washington's Mount Vernon is about a half-hour drive south of the Pentagon in Fairfax County. George Washington himself began the tradition of inviting "any sober or orderly person's gratifying their curiosity in viewing the buildings, Gardens, &ca. about Mount Vernon".

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Mount Vernon overlooks the Potomac River and still contains the gardens, estates and distillery that were designed by Washington himself. The grounds contain the tombs of George Washington and his wife, Martha. There is also a slave memorial and burial ground of the slaves who lived and worked at Mount Vernon.

When it comes to local cuisine, Washington D.C. is unique for its half-smoke: smoked half-beef, half-pork sausages, served on a hot dog bun and topped with chili. The best-known half-smokes are found Ben's Chili Bowl. This landmark Washington D.C. restaurant has seen numerous celebrities and politicians since its opening in 1958. There is a sign that says Bill Cosby and The Obama Family can eat at Ben's for free and no one else.

Washington D.C. is served primarily by the Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), located 40 km west of the city in Sterling, Virginia. It is an architectural masterpiece, with the roof suspended over the main passenger departure area. It is connected to more than 125 destinations around the world and sees more than 60,000 passengers daily.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located in Washington D.C. which makes it the most convenient airport. However, due to its small size, flights are restricted to a  2320km radius, non-stop, with the exception of flights from Montreal and Toronto.

Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI) is the busiest airport in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. It is located about 15 km North-East of Washington D.C. It is a fortress hub for Southwest Airlines. It connects to 79 US domestic destinations and 13 International Destinations served by 7 international Airlines.

Washington D.C. has a myriad of options when it comes to staying at hotels. Because of the business nature of most of its visitors,  hotels in D.C. are cheaper on the weekends. It is worth to note that the hotel-tax in D.C. is 14.50% while the tax is 13% in Virginia and Maryland.

The best deals on hotels are found in the districts of Dupont Circle, Shaw, Near Northeast, and Capitol Hill, where there is an active night-life compared to the West End and the East End, which are business-centric and generally dead after dark.

Cairo: Gateway to an ancient Civilization

Cairo is the largest city in the Arab world and one of the largest cities on the African continent. It is a political and economic hub for North Africa and the Arab world, with the headquarters of the Arab League and many multinational businesses being located here.

Cairo was founded over the ancient city of Memphis. Egypt's most famous landmarks, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are located on its outskirts. Cairo began as Al Fustat, a campsite of the Muslim general, 'Amr ibn al-'As, who captured Egypt in 641 AD from the Byzantines for the caliph Umar.

After the reign of the Umayyads, Egypt was later captured from the Abbasids in 969 AD by the Fatimids, who built a new capital, Al Qahirah, just north of Al Fustat. Eventually, Al Qahirah expanded and annexed Al Fustat. The English name of Cairo comes from Al Qahirah, The Victorious.

In 970 AD, the Fatimids commissioned the construction of Al-Azhar mosque. It is the second oldest continuously run university in the world. It is a deeply influential institution and highly revered in the Islamic world for the study of Theology and Islamic Law.

Cairo entered into its golden age under Sultan Salah ad-Din Ayyubi, who build the Citadel of Cairo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of preserved historic mosques and museums. The citadel was the seat of Power for the Ayyubids and the Mamlukes. In the Osmānīye period, the citadel remained the centre of Khedive government.

Cairo is the hub of trade and commerce in Egypt. It accounts for 22% of the nation's GDP. It is a major centre for Egypt's automobile industry, manufacturing and assembling vehicles under license for the likes of BMW, Hyundai, Toyota, Daimler and many more.

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Cairo is the centre of publishing, music, television and cinema of the Arab world. The annual Cairo International Film Festival attracts film submissions from across the world. It is the oldest Film Festival in the Arab World and is the only Festival in the Middle East and Africa accredited by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF).

Cairo International Airport (CAI) is located east of the city in Heliopolis (Masr Al-Gedida). It is a hub for Egyptair and Nile Air. It is served by many major international airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Emirates and Etihad. The most popular international destinations from Cairo are to Saudi Arabia, with more than 1.7 million passengers a year travelling to Jeddah (JED), Medina (MED), Riyadh (RUH) and Yanbu (YNB). Other top destinations from Cairo are to Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH), Kuwait (KWI), Amman (AMM) and Istanbul (IST).

Cairo has a tremendous range of accommodation, from low-rent budget hotels in downtown to five-star palaces along the Nile. Staying in Downtown Cairo is the best way to experience the city. The Heliopolis district is ideal for those who wish to stay close to the airport.

For a new visitor, forehand information on the districts of Cairo will help tremendously in choosing the right locations and hotels to book.

About Egypt Air

Egypt Air is the Flag Carrier Airline of Egypt and 100% owned by its government. It is a member of the Star Alliance Network and the Arab Air Carriers Organization. It serves around 70 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. The domestic and regional market is operated by its subsidiary, EgyptAir Express

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Egypt Air primarily operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800. It plans to expand its fleet with several more Airbus A320neo by 2020. Its subsidiary, EgyptAir Express operates a fleet of Embraer E-170.

Cairo International Airport (CAI) is the primary hub for EgyptAir, with focus cities at Alexandria (HBE), Hurghada (HRG), Luxor (LXR) and Sharm El Sheikh (SSH)

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Can you fly Non-Stop between Cairo and Tel Aviv ? With Air Sinai, it is possible

When it comes to Israel’s relationship with its Arab neighbours, they can best be described as “tense”. Most of them do not recognize Israel diplomatically, including its immediate neighbours Lebanon and Syria, whom Israel also considers as “enemy states”.

The State of Palestine and Jordan recognized Israel in 1993 and 1994. However, the first Arab state to recognize Israel since 1978 was Egypt.

Background on the creation of Air Sinai

President Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat initiated efforts of peace between Egypt and Israel in 1977. It was in order to regain the Sinai-Peninsula which Israel had captured in the six-day war of 1957, and ending the cold-war that had existed since the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Sadat’s efforts lead to the Camp David Accords in 1978 with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, mediated by US President Jimmy Carter. The accords led to the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty in 1979, signed by the three leaders.

Article 6 of Annex III of the Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt required both nations to come into a civil aviation agreement, which occurred in May 1980. That agreement required both Israel and Egypt to designate an airline to operate services between Cairo International Airport (CAI) and Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV).

Israel’s El Al was very enthusiastic and happily complied by operating a weekly flight, taking vacationing Isralies, and Egyptian Holy Land Tourists between Cario and Tel Aviv.

However, in 2012, after 30 years of uninterrupted service, El Al halted the Cairo service citing operational and security costs associated with the Arab Spring.

The government of Egypt in 1980, was, however, was not as confident. It was already facing a huge backlash from the Arab and Muslim world for the Camp David Accords and the subsequent peace treaty with Israel.
Jordan and Palestine viewed the accords as a slap to the face because they were not involved. The Arab league had suspended Egypt in 1979.

To fulfill the terms of the treaty without appearing to do so, the government of Egypt created a new division under Egypt Air, called Air Sinai. It exists only on paper. It does not own any aircraft or assets or have any employees. There is no website or phone number. The Egypt Air website does not even list Tel Aviv as one of its destinations.

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Air Sinai: Egypt Air Express Incognito

Air Sinai operates under the IATA code ‘4D’ and ICAO code ‘ASD’. The Cairo-Tel Aviv flight is numbered 4D-54 and the reverse leg is numbered 4D-55.

You can even track the statuses of Air Sinai flights on FlightAware by searching for ASD54 and ASD55.

Air Sinai currently wet-leases a small fleet of unmarked Embraer E170 aircraft, Airbus A330, and Boeing 738, painted in basic Egypt Air Express livery.

Inside, the cabin is equipped with effects from Egypt Air. The crew wear Egypt Air uniforms, the serviettes bear the Egypt Air Logo. Even the pre-flight announcement welcomes “you on board Egypt Air flight 4D-54 to Tel Aviv”.

The flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv takes 1 hour, covering an average distance of 650 km. It is scheduled to take off daily from Cairo International at 9:00 AM
The return flight from Tel Aviv is scheduled to take off daily at 11:00 AM and takes 2 hours to complete the flight to Cairo.

How to book a flight on Air Sinai

Finding and booking a flight on Air Sinai proves near to impossible online on conventional websites.

However, when searching JetRadar for a direct flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv, there is at least one result where you can legitimately book a flight on Air Sinai.

 

If you don’t prefer booking online, Mazda Tours, a tour operator based in Tel Aviv, is a leading representative for Air Sinai in Israel. They have phone numbers for US/Canada, UK and France. Their website also contains useful information about travelling in the Middle East and tips to keep safe.

Travellers have not found it easy to find check-in counters and departure gates for Air Sinai at Cairo International Airport. It may, therefore, be useful to call such tour operators and ask them for such information beforehand.

Tel Aviv: The economic centre of Israel

Tel Aviv-Yafo is the second largest city in Israel (after Jerusalem). It is the centre of commerce and technology of the country. It is also Israel's most liberal city, with a highly active and diverse nightlife of bars, dance and nightclubs staying open well past midnight.
Tel Aviv has a large LGBT community and is one of the most popular destinations for LGBT tourists internationally. It hosts the largest annual pride parade in the Middle East and Asia.

Tel Aviv was officially founded in 1909 by 66 Jewish families that gathered on a desolate sand dune, on the outskirts of the ancient city of Jaffa. Since then Tel Aviv grew into a Hebrew urban centre in a healthy environment, planned according to the rules of aesthetics and modern hygiene.

Today, Tel Avi is a hub of business and scientific research. It is one of the most technologically influential cities in the world, sometimes colloquially called the "Silicon Wadi". The city is the second top place in the world to found a high tech startup company, just behind California's Silicon Valley. Companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Cisco have research and development facilities here. Some well-known companies headquartered in Tel Aviv are the RAD Group, Israel Aerospace Industries, Babylon (Translation) Software and ZoneAlarm.

Tel Aviv is one of the most visited cities in the Middle East. It is also one of the safest cities in the world. Security control checks are routine when entering buildings, malls, hotels, restaurants and cafes. Soldiers and home guard volunteers patrol the city and keep their weapons with them at all times.

Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) is the main international airport of Israel, located 20km South East of Tel Aviv and about 45km from Jerusalem. It is the most secure airport in the world. It is well known for its several layers of security with uniformed and plainclothes officers on constant patrol. Every vehicle is spot-checked, every passenger goes through a quick one-on-one interview and every bag passes through a pressure chamber to trigger any possible explosive devices.

Many of the world's leading hotel chains can be found in Tel Aviv. From Mid-Tier to 5-star luxury, Tel Aviv has more than 50 such hotels, such as Crowne Plaza, Sheraton, Hilton and Dan.

Cairo: The cultural capital of the Arabs

Cairo is the largest city in the Arab world and one of the largest cities on the African continent. It is a political and economic hub for North Africa and the Arab world, with the headquarters of the Arab League and many multinational businesses being located here.

Cairo was founded over the ancient city of Memphis. Egypt's most famous landmarks, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are located on its outskirts. Cairo began as Al Fustat, a campsite of the Muslim general, 'Amr ibn al-'As, who captured Egypt in 641 AD from the Byzantines for the caliph Umar.

After the reign of the Umayyads, Egypt was later captured from the Abbasids in 969 AD by the Fatimids, who built a new capital, Al Qahirah, just north of Al Fustat. Eventually, Al Qahirah expanded and annexed Al Fustat. The English name of Cairo comes from Al Qahirah, The Victorious.

In 970 AD, the Fatimids commissioned the construction of Al-Azhar mosque. It is the second oldest continuously run university in the world. It is a deeply influential institution and highly revered in the Islamic world for the study of Theology and Islamic Law.

Cairo entered into its golden age under Sultan Salah ad-Din Ayyubi, who build the Citadel of Cairo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of preserved historic mosques and museums. The citadel was the seat of Power for the Ayyubids and the Mamlukes. In the Osmānīye period, the citadel remained the centre of Khedive government.

Cairo is the hub of trade and commerce in Egypt. It accounts for 22% of the nation's GDP. It is a major centre for Egypt's automobile industry, manufacturing and assembling vehicles under license for the likes of BMW, Hyundai, Toyota, Daimler and many more.

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Cairo is the centre of publishing, music, television and cinema of the Arab world. The annual Cairo International Film Festival attracts film submissions from across the world. It is the oldest Film Festival in the Arab World and is the only Festival in the Middle East and Africa accredited by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF).

Cairo International Airport (CAI) is located east of the city in Heliopolis (Masr Al-Gedida). It is a hub for Egyptair and Nile Air. It is served by many major international airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Emirates and Etihad. The most popular international destinations from Cairo are to Saudi Arabia, with more than 1.7 million passengers a year travelling to Jeddah (JED), Medina (MED), Riyadh (RUH) and Yanbu (YNB). Other top destinations from Cairo are to Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH), Kuwait (KWI), Amman (AMM) and Istanbul (IST).

Cairo has a tremendous range of accommodation, from low-rent budget hotels in downtown to five-star palaces along the Nile. Staying in Downtown Cairo is the best way to experience the city. The Heliopolis district is ideal for those who wish to stay close to the airport.

For a new visitor, forehand information on the districts of Cairo will help tremendously in choosing the right locations and hotels to book.

About Egypt Air

Egypt Air is the Flag Carrier Airline of Egypt and 100% owned by its government. It is a member of the Star Alliance Network and the Arab Air Carriers Organization. It serves around 70 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. The domestic and regional market is operated by its subsidiary, EgyptAir Express

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Egypt Air primarily operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800. It plans to expand its fleet with several more Airbus A320neo by 2020. Its subsidiary, EgyptAir Express operates a fleet of Embraer E-170.

Cairo International Airport (CAI) is the primary hub for EgyptAir, with focus cities at Alexandria (HBE), Hurghada (HRG), Luxor (LXR) and Sharm El Sheikh (SSH)

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Delta Airlines announces daily departures from New York to Mumbai

After a 10 year void, Delta Airlines will resume non-stop flights from New York City’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport to Mumbai (BOM) with the first flights to depart on Sunday, December 22, 2019.

An e-mail from Delta’s corporate communications department in Atlanta Georgia dated April 30, 2019, confirms that the “New York to Mumbai flight will be operating daily”.

Delta claims it will be only US carrier to link New York-JFK and Mumbai non-stop.
At present, only Air India provides a non-stop flight between JFK and Mumbai. United Airlines also flies non-stop to Mumbai but from its primary hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Frequent fliers to India on other SkyTeam airlines, such as Air France, KLM, and Saudia will also benefit by converting their points to Delta Sky Miles and fly direct between New York and Mumbai.

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JFK at at 9:15 p.m.BOM at 10:50 p.m. (next day)
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Delta plans to fly their newly renovated Boeing 777-200LR on its New York- Mumbai route. It will offer four different classes of seat products: Delta One suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin.
It will also include WiFi Connectivity by Gogo Inc and free mobile messaging.

 

What makes the New York City – Mumbai route important to Delta?

The New York City Metropolitan Region is home to the largest diaspora of Indians in the United States. Their number is quickly approaching 1 million uni-racial individuals after 2020.
New York City is also the primary destination of new Indian immigrants to the United States.

Many Indian Pharmaceutical, Clothing, Food Manufacturing and Restaurant chains have gained a foothold in the United States by simply targeting their loyal Indian customers. They established offices, warehouses and restaurants by starting in New York City.

India is the 9th largest trading partner of the United States. It imports more than $25 billion worth of American goods every year, comprising of major items such as aircraft, computer hardware, medical equipment and fertilizer.

India exports more than $48 billion worth of goods every year to The United States, with major items like textiles, medicine, coffee, tea and other food products.

About 10% of India’s foreign investment comes from the United States, which is also it’s largest investment partner. Notable investments by the United States in India include power generation, telecommunications, ports, roads, petroleum and mining industries.

New York City: the financial capital of the United States

New York City is famous for being the financial, cultural and media capital of the world. It is the most populous city in the United States, with more than 8 million people living within its municipal boundaries. Another 12 million people live within the New York Metropolitan area.

Home to both NYSE and NASDAQ, New York is the heart of the world's economic engine. Close to 200,000 people work in New York's financial sector, generating a $70 billion in profit yearly.

New York is home of the Broadway with over 40 professional theatres representing the English-speaking theatre at the highest levels. It is also the centre of television production and sitcoms in the United States. ABC, CBS, and NBC are all headquartered here.

The city is also home to more than than 200 newspapers and 350 consumer magazines. The most prominent newspapers and tabloids amongst them include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Daily News and The New York Post.

New York City has remained the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States and has the largest foreign-born population of any metropolitan region in the world.

The city's landmarks are also major tourist destinations in New York. Some well known New York City locations known worldwide are Times Square, The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park and One World Trade Centre.

New York City is primarily served by three airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia (LUA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). More than 135 million passengers pass through these airports every year.

From bargain hotels to the world famous Waldorf Astoria and mid-range hotels in between, this is no shortage of accommodation in New York City for the occasional or frequent traveller. However, choosing a place to sleep all depends on the purpose of your visit and where you will be spending most of your time.

 

Mumbai: the financial capital of India

Mumbai is the largest city in India. More than 12 million people live and work within its municipal boundaries. It is the financial and entertainment capital of India.

The Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in Asia. Mumbai is one of the top 10 centers of global commerce and trade. It is the economic hub of India with many of its important financial institutions and private conglomerates located here such as the Reserve Bank of India, Reliance Industries, Tata Group and Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood, India's motion picture industry. It produces around 200 films every year at studios in Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri. India's premier entertainment channels such as Zee TV, Sony Entertainment, StarPlus and Sony ESPN are also headquartered in Mumbai.

Mumbai has many attractions and places of interests such as colonial buildings, museums, beaches, zoos, gardens, markets and religious places. Some of the most famous landmarks of Mumbai include the Victoria Terminus, Haji Ali Darga, Maratha Mandir (cinema hall), The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gateway of India.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). Domestic travel outnumbers International travel at Mumbai. It is a hub for Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet.

The most popular domestic destinations from Mumbai are to New Delhi, Bangalore, Goa and Chennai. Whereas the top international destinations from Mumbai are to Dubai, London, Singapore and Bangkok.

Hotels in Mumbai

Mumbai offers many options for accommodation, however for those new to the city, it is best to stick to established brand name hotel chains. Many are easy to find around the airport as well as in South Mumbai, where most important businesses take place.

Delta’s ongoing feud in the Middle East

Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Kuwait, Gulf Air, Saudia and Turkish airlines dominate providing cheaper flights from North America to South Asia, with a stop-over in their home countries.
Delta makes no secret that it is competing directly against these airlines.

In December 2017, Delta, along with United Airlines and American Airlines, lodged a complaint to the incoming Trump administration regarding unfair subsidies provided to airlines operating from the Middle East by their respective governments.

That complaint resulted in a laptop ban in March 2017, for all flights departing from ten major airports in the Middle East and North Africa. Following strong reaction by the parties involved and the media, that ban was lifted in July 2017.

The ME3 (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar) are also some of Boeing’s biggest customers.

In early 2018, Qatar and the UAE signed an Open Skies Agreement with the United States on making transparent any financial contribution by their governments to their respective airlines.

This won’t change much of the aviation landscape that already exists.

About Delta Airlines Inc.

Commencing operations in 1929, Delta Airlines Inc is the oldest airline still operating in the United States. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is its primary hub. It employs more than 80,000 people with more than 14,000 pilots and 180 flight dispatchers.

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Delta operates more than 5,400 flights daily. Its primary focus is the US Domestic market with additional hubs at Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Minneapolis.

With more than 800 airplanes, Delta operates the largest fleet of narrow-body aircraft in the world.
To save costs on new Aircraft, Delta often acquires and utilizes older aircraft, especially narrow-bodies. It has created a subsidiary called Delta TechOps, which provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul services, to support them and other clients and customers.

Delta is part of the SkyTeam Alliance, along with 18 other major International Airlines in the world from five different continents. The SkyTeam Alliance operates more than 15000 daily flights across the world.

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Fly SpiceJet non-stop from Mumbai to Jaipur, Amritsar, Mangaluru and Coimbatore

SpiceJet made an announcement on Tuesday, that they will be flying to four new Indian cities from their hub at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM), effective Friday, April 26, 2019.

The new routes from Mumbai by SpiceJet will connect non-stop to Jaipur, Amritsar, Mangaluru and Coimbatore. These routes will begin with one daily departure and one daily arrival from Mumbai. More flights may be added with passenger demand.

What makes these cities important to fly to?

Jaipur, the Pink city, is the largest city in the state of Rajasthan and it’s capital. It has a population of more than 3 million people, making it the 10th largest city in India. It is a major hub of culture, arts and crafts in Rajasthan. It is fast emerging as a hub for global outsourcing for Information Technologies similar to Gurugram, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

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Amritsar is the holiest city in Sikhism. It is famous worldwide for the Sri Harmandir Sahib (the Golden Temple) and millions of people visit it each year for pilgrimage. Amritsar is a city of more than 1 million people. It is a major industrial hub for the Punjab state with more than 90% of Amritsar inhabitants employed in the Manufacturing and Services Sector.

The airports at Jaipur and Amritsar do not currently serve long haul destinations in Europe, East Asia and beyond. The closest major Airport is New Delhi’s Indra Gandhi International Airport, which is currently the busiest airport in India.

By connecting Mumbai to Amritsar and Jaipur, SpiceJet may be looking to reduce the volume of International passengers continuing to these two cities from New Delhi.

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Mangaluru is the second major city in Karnataka state in all aspects after the capital city of Bangalore. It is one of the most important sea-ports and a major centre for petroleum and oil refinery in India.

Coimbatore is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also the second city in many aspects after the state capital, Chennai. Coimbatore is renowned for its exports of Jewellery, Wet-Grinders, and the Kovai Cora Cotton Saree.

Although Air India and IndiGo already link Mangaluru and Coimbatore to Mumbai, SpiceJet has closed its own gap to link these second-cities to India’s commercial capital.

SpiceJet to operate 10 flights daily from Delhi to Mumbai

SpiceJet also announced three additional frequencies between Mumbai and Delhi in addition to the current seven. This means an addition of three daily arrivals at Mumbai from Delhi and three departures from Mumbai to Delhi.

More than 7 million people fly between Delhi and Mumbai annually. This route sees the heaviest air-passenger traffic in India. Spice competes with all major airlines in this sector such as Air India, IndiGO, GoAir and Vistara.

Book your trip to/from Mumbai today

Mumbai is the largest city in India. More than 12 million people live and work within its municipal boundaries. It is the financial and entertainment capital of India.

The Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in Asia. Mumbai is one of the top 10 centers of global commerce and trade. It is the economic hub of India with many of its important financial institutions and private conglomerates located here such as the Reserve Bank of India, Reliance Industries, Tata Group and Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood, India's motion picture industry. It produces around 200 films every year at studios in Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri. India's premier entertainment channels such as Zee TV, Sony Entertainment, StarPlus and Sony ESPN are also headquartered in Mumbai.

Mumbai has many attractions and places of interests such as colonial buildings, museums, beaches, zoos, gardens, markets and religious places. Some of the most famous landmarks of Mumbai include the Victoria Terminus, Haji Ali Darga, Maratha Mandir (cinema hall), The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gateway of India.

Mumbai Airport

Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). Domestic travel outnumbers International travel at Mumbai. It is a hub for Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet.

The most popular domestic destinations from Mumbai are to New Delhi, Bangalore, Goa and Chennai. Whereas the top international destinations from Mumbai are to Dubai, London, Singapore and Bangkok.

Hotels in Mumbai

Mumbai offers many options for accommodation, however for those new to the city, it is best to stick to established brand name hotel chains. Many are easy to find around the airport as well as in South Mumbai, where most important businesses take place.

About SpiceJet: Red. Hot. Spicy.

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SpiceJet is India's second largest airline after IndiGo, by the number of domestic passengers carried. It is headquartered in Gurugram, and its hub is at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

SpiceJet was founded in 2004 as a successor of on ModiLuft, which had shut down in 1996. With an initial shaky start, it now boasts a 13.6% domestic air passenger market share as of March 2019. The airline operates more than 300 daily flights to 47 Indian and 7 international destinations from its hubs at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

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Flying to London, England: Cheap Flights and Business Class with British Airways

London is one of the most global cities in the world. It is deeply connected to the world economy and is considered an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics and commerce. This makes London one of the most desired city to visit in the world.

When it comes to flying, London is the most served destination in the world. More than 170 million passengers fly through London’s six airports every year. These number of passengers surpass New York City by 20%, Shanghai by 35%, and Paris, Atlanta and Chicago by 40%.

Due to its connectivity and geographic location, London’s airports are popular with passengers transiting from North America to destinations in Continental Europe and Asia.

London is served by six airports which surround the city in all directions. Before you book your flight, you will need to find out where your chosen flight will land or take off from, and your options for getting to and from that airport. Read my post describing London’s six major airports that serve many different airlines and destinations.

Finding business class flight deals to London

If you are taking a long haul London flight from an international destination like New York City, Toronto, Tel Aviv, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Sydney, you will expect to be in your seat between 7 and 14 hours non-stop.

Click here to learn why a Business class fare may be worth the extra especially when flying long haul.

Being a major international hub, London is served by most 5-star and 4-star full-service airlines that also offer business class travel. Many of these airlines compete fiercely in what they have to offer to business class customers such as up-to-date lounges at Heathrow with an a-la-carte menu. priority check-in and boarding, comfortable lie-flat seats and more.

I recommend JetRadar to begin your search for the cheapest business class deals. Jet Radar is a comparison search engine that displays results from several airline-ticket booking websites. JetRadar collaborates with these booking websites and offers its own discounts – which is why you may see cheaper fares on business class when searching on JetRadar that their partners.

If you find a flight and a price that you like, you will be redirected to the actual booking site, where you can complete your purchase.

Is there a Business Class on Low-cost-flights like EasyJet or Ryanair?

Low-cost carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair do not provide a full-service business class. All their aircraft are single class configured. However, seats with extra legroom are to be found in the front of the plane and at the very back – which can be reserved for an additional fee.

EasyJet and Ryanair offer Flexi and Flexi Plus fares, whereby you can reserve seats with the Extra Legroom for free. These seats are, however, no wider than the standard seats.

EasyJet’s Flexi fare also includes a free 23kg checked in bag, Fast Track Security, priority boarding & de-boarding, and a £7 food voucher to spend on board.

Ryanair’s Flexi Plus fare however does not include a checked in bag, however you can carry a 10kg bag into the cabin along with one small bag.

The Plus fare from Ryanair includes the latter as well a 23kg checked in bag. However, you will need to pay extra for the seats in the front and those with extra legroom.

Flying British Airways Business Class

British Airways is the UK’s second largest airline (after EasyJet), flying to over 180 destinations around the world. It is part of the International Airlines Group (IAG) which also owns Aer Lingus, Iberia, LEVEL and Vueling.

British Airways and Iberia are also part of One World Alliance with eleven other airlines, such as American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Malaysian Airlines and Qatar Airways.

These airlines are in code-sharing agreement with each other: which means you may buy a ticket with one airline, but be served by another. For example, if you purchased a ticket from American Airlines for New York to London, you may find yourself taking a British Airways aircraft at New York.

British Airways calls its business class “Club Europe” on short haul flights and “Club World” on long haul flights.

British Airways Club Europe Business Class

Short-haul routes operated by British Airways departing from London City Airport (LCY) are branded BA CityFlyer, whereas the same routes departing London Heathrow (LHR) keep the British Airways name.

British Airways short-haul routes are usually served by aircraft with a single class cabin configuration. The middle seat in the Club Europe section is blocked by a pop-out table. The seats otherwise are not different from those who pay the Economy fare. You may find a lack of wifi and inflight entertainment systems on these short flights.

Lots of room up here in BA Club Europe this morning from TLS to LHR, but not lots of leg room! 😏
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British Airways Club Europe passengers are entitled to use several lounge facilities across the UK and Europe. They can check in two 32 kg bags. Onboard meals are included and drinks are complimentary.

British Airways Club World Business Class

British Airways “Club World” is a significant step up from Club Europe. British Airways was a pioneer in offering fully convertible lie-flat seats in the Business class.

However, the seats are arranged in altering rear and front facing. The Window seats and the middle seats are rear-facing while the aisle seats are front facing. This results in playing eye tag with the person sitting in the seat next to yours but fortunately, there is a privacy partition.

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