Cheap Flights to Trivandrum
Airport Hotels, Thiruvananthapuram Airport

You can find Cheap Flights to Trivandrum from all around the world if you do your research and time your departure well. Most visitors to Kerala fly into either Trivandrum or Cochin, though the northern city of Calicut also has an international airport. From UK, getting to Trivandrum by air will mean at least one change over of plane - normally in the Gulf Countries.

Travellers from North America can expect an additional stopover in Europe, though there are direct flights from US and Canada to Gulf and Mumbai in India.

Flying from Australia or New Zealand requires a minimum one change in Southeast Asia, usually in Singapore and often another in Chennai or Mumbai.

Airfare always depend on the season with the highest being from roughly November to March when the weather in Kerala is best; fares drop during the shoulder seasons - April to May and August to early October. You can get cheap flights to Trivandrum or cochin at the height of the monsoons in June and July.

Fares also peak in early to mid-September, around Onam (the harvest festival) as Kerala emigrants travelling home create a surge in demand, and - most of all - over Christmas and New Year.

Flights from UK and Ireland

There are no direct flights from the UK to Trivandrum airport. The cheap flights to Trivandrum are the scheduled flights via Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines, or through one of the Gulf states with a carrier such as Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air or Oman Air. Either way, you're looking at a total flying time between eleven and twelve hours, plus the stopover.

Routing passengers through their hub cities, Bahrain and Doha respectively, Gulf and Qatar offer the most consistently competitive fares. Both have daily onward departures to all three airports in Kerala. Oman Air, with its ambitious expansion plans of the fleet and Muscat airport, is the new kid in the block.

Transit times are typically 3 - 4 hr with Gulf; or 1-2hr with Qatar; handy if your outbound flight leaves on time, but a major drawback if it doesn't. A missed connection can mean a frustrating day killing time in Doha. Indian carriers offering flights to Kerala from UK via Gulf include Air India and Jet.

An alternative route, which can save you money but increase travelling time, is to fly via Mumbai and pick up a domestic connection there. Carries with direct daily flights to Mumbai from London include British Airways, the pricier Air India and Jet.

For the onward leg to Kerala, you can either opt for one of the scheduled domestic companies - Air India or Jet- or their low-cost competitors: Kingfisher, GoAir, IndiGo, Spicejet and Air India Express. Jet is the most dependable and flexible, but also the most expensive. Others offer cheap flights to Thiruvananthapuram

Air India's fares are comparable with those of Jet, but the nation's domestic carrier is notoriously unreliable, with frequent delays and poor service; their online booking also is more of hit and misses.

There are no direct flights to anywhere in South India from Ireland. Your best bet is to link up with a scheduled or charter departure from London.

Flights from the US and Canada

Whether you fly to Kerala from US and Canada via Europe (from the East Coast) or over the Pacific (from the West Coast), it is a long haul, involving one or more intermediate stops.

Air India and Jet both fly to Mumbai direct from New York, but you'll arrive fresher and less jet-lagged if you stop over somewhere en route. Agents will often break the journey into two sections anyway, which allows a wider choice of carriers for the transatlantic (or transpacific) leg.

From the east coast, you'll often stop over somewhere in Europe (most often London), the Gulf, or both. Figure on at least eighteen hours' total travel time.

Prices are most competitive out of New York, where the cheapest low-season consolidated fares to Trivandrum/Cochin hover around US$1,200 - 1,400 (rising to US$1,650 - 1,800 in high season). From Washington or Miami, figure on US$1,200-1,400 in low season, US$2,000 in high season; from Chicago, US$1,800/2, 200; and from Dallas/Fort Worth, US$ 2,000/3,000.

From the west coast, it works out slightly quicker to fly west rather than east- a minimum of 22 hours' total travel time and there may not be much difference in price.

From Canada, typically discounted low-and high-season fares to Kochi from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are CAN$2,300/2,800.

Flights from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

There are no non-stop flights to Thiruvananthapuram airport from either Australia or New Zealand; you have to make at least one change of plane in a Southeast Asian hub city, most often Singapore. The choice of routes and airlines is bewildering, and most agents will offer you a combination of two or more cities to get the best price.

Flying west, the main and cheapest, Indian gateway city tends to be Chennai (Madras), with Mumbai not far behind. As a rule of thumb, the best-value tickets from Australia are on departures from the east coast. Expect to pay around AUS$1,800-2,000 for flights either Sydney or Melbourne to Mumbai.

From New Zealand, the cheapest fares to south India are in the NZ$2,000-2,500 range if you depart from Auckland; add on approximately NZ$150 for fights from Wellington or Christchurch. There are no direct cheap flights to Trivandrum, and most travellers change in one of the major Australian cities or in Singapore.

Cheap Flights to Trivandrum From South Africa are operated by South African Airlines to Mumbai from Johannesburg. Fares are around ZAR4,000-4,250(flying time 8hr 30min). You can pick up an onward domestic flight to Kerala from there, or go indirect via the Gulf, which will be cheaper, but involves one more change.

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