Goa’s airport, Dabolim, is served directly by domestic flights, a handful of international flights from the Middle East, and seasonal package-holiday charters (mostly from Russia, Europe and the UK).
Unless you're on a charter, you'll generally have to fly into a major city such as Mumbai or Delhi and change to a domestic flight with Jet Airways, Air India, SpiceJet or IndiGo.
Goa’s airport is the pint-sized and newly refurbished Dabolim Airport, around 30km from Goa’s capital, Panaji. Dabolim is mainly served by domestic airlines, but it also receives international flights during the tourist season. Most non-charter flight passengers bound for Goa fly into Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
In the winter tourist season, various British, German and Russian charter companies offer direct international flights into Dabolim Airport. Aeroflot, Finnair, Etihad, Air Arabia and Novair also fly in Russian and Scandinavian package holidaymakers.
Dabolim Airport’s arrivals hall is equipped with currency exchange, ATMs and a prepaid taxi counter.
Several budget airlines, along with the national carrier Air India, operate direct daily flights between Goa and Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. A return flight to Mumbai with a low-cost carrier such as SpiceJet can cost as little as US$100 if booked a few weeks in advance. You can book online directly with the airline or through a booking site.
Domestic airlines flying into and out of Goa include:
Reliable charter flights into Goa from the UK or Germany include:
From Dabolim Airport, the prepaid taxi fare to central Panaji or Margao is ₹870 (₹920 for AC). Alternatively, if you don’t have much luggage, you can catch a bus from the main road to Vasco da Gama, then a bus direct from Vasco to Panaji (₹30, 45 minutes).
A taxi from Panaji to the airport should cost ₹900 and takes about 45 minutes, but allow an hour for traffic.
Departure tax is included in the fare for flights to and from Goa.