Air travel has become an integral part of our lives today. Even if it’s for the shortest distances, traveling on an aerodynamically crafted aluminum vessel seems like the most feasible choice. India’s come a long way over the past few years in terms of air travel. But like with everything else, you’re bound to learn something interesting, even if it’s about traveling above the clouds. Here’s 14 things about traveling by air in India:
14. Domestic flights sometimes land on the international terminus.
13. If a plane is delayed in India, it’s quicker to catch the next one than wait on the same flight.
12. The air hostesses are borderline senior citizens (Air India).
11. Air India was originally Tata Airlines in 1932, after which a majority of it was bought over by the Government in World War 2.
10. Domestic flights don’t serve liquor on domestic flights, unless it’s leaving the country soon after its local stop.
9. Kerala has 3 of the 14 International Airports in India.
8. The Subhash Chandra Bose airport in Kolkata was initially called ‘Dum Dum Airport’, until it was renamed after India’s freedom fighter
7. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is the busiest airport in India.
6. Jet Airways, later renamed as Jet Lite, was initially started as an air taxi in 1992.
5. In India, people are always in a hurry to get off the plane as soon as it lands, often forming queues within the plane and sometimes causing a stampede. This same crowd is somehow disciplined outside of India.
4. Rajiv Gandhi was a professional pilot associated with the Indian Airlines.
3. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai was initially named The Santa Cruz Airport by the British before it was nationalized post-Independence.
2. The Trichy Airport has the shortest runway among the International Airports, spreading 816 feet.
1. Half the international airports, which are located in South India, are within 500 kilometers of each other.