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Here are the cheapest international flights out of India

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By Shelly Walia
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Among air travellers, it’s common wisdom that booking flight tickets early translate into cheaper fares.

But a persistent, unanswered question is: how early?

According to a year-long research conducted by MakeMyTrip.com, an Indian online travel services firm, Indian travellers got the best deals—that is, the cheapest fares—when they purchased tickets between 61 and 90 days ahead of the travel date.

When tickets are booked two to three months in advance, the average fare for flights to any airport in India is Rs3,606, according to MakeMyTrip. The average flight cost to one of the more crowded airports in India—in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru—is Rs3,153 during this period.

The data, which was collected between Oct. 10, 2014 and Oct. 10, 2015, also showed that the worst period to book tickets was less than seven days before departure.

Moreover, within India, travel plans made between July and October turned out to be the most inexpensive—as that coincided with the pre-holiday season that starts October onwards.

Fly away to another land

The following table shows the cheapest routes from an Indian city to an international location. The average fare is only a one-way fare—and not roundtrip.

Kathmandu
New Delhi – Kathmandu
Rs5,576
Colombo
Chennai – Colombo
Rs6,291
Bangkok
Kolkata – Bangkok
Rs6,672
Bangkok
Chennai – Bangkok
Rs7,752
Kuala Lumpur
Kolkata – Kuala Lumpur
Rs7,915
Maldives
Chennai – Maldives
Rs9,043
Singapore
Chennai – Singapore
Rs9,669
Sharjah
Chennai – Sharjah
Rs10,433
Dubai
Mumbai – Dubai
Rs10,657
Muscat
Mumbai – Muscat
Rs11,482
Abu Dhabi
Mumbai – Abu Dhabi
Rs11,556
Penang (Malaysia)
Chennai – Penang
Rs11,714
Denpasar Bali
Chennai – Bali
Rs14,018
Hong Kong
Kolkata – Hong Kong
Rs17,075
Shanghai
Kolkata – Shanghai
Rs21,193

In addition, MakeMyTrip calculated the top five international routes from Indian cities with the maximum price swing. The flights on the Mumbai and New Delhi route topped the chart.

Mumbai – New York
Rs39,303
Rs21,701
71%
New Delhi – New York
Rs38,755
Rs17,354
56%
Chennai – London
Rs27,109
Rs13,942
61%
Mumbai – London
Rs29,962
Rs13,533
53%
New Delhi – Hong Kong
Rs18,417
Rs8,372
52%

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