What are Nonstop Flights between USA and India in 2020 and 2021?

With more and more travelers searching for US-India itineraries with short flights, premium airlines are planning to launch nonstop flights between USA and India. At present, nonstop flights from USA to India are operated on nine routes, including three by United Airlines and five by Air India. Usually, nonstop flights cost a little more than direct flights and connecting flights. However, dropping prices of airline tickets to India make it possible for a certain group of travelers to afford nonstop flights between USA and India.

Most of the US to India nonstop flights cover thousands of miles within 14 to 17 hours, which is almost 10 hours shorter than connecting flights. Simple itinerary, convenient baggage handling and less jet lag are a few other advantages of traveling to India on nonstop flights from USA. The same is the reason for the success of Air India’s nonstop flights from US cities to India. Besides, cheap air tickets to India from USA are easily available these days at premium travel booking sites including Indian Eagle, a leading international air-ticketing agency and a most trusted travel-booking partner of Indians in the US.

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Nonstop Flights between USA and India:

  • Chicago (ORD) to Delhi (DEL) by Air India
  • New York (JFK) to Delhi (DEL) by Air India
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Delhi (DEL) by Air India
  • Washington (IAD) to Delhi (DEL) by Air India
  • Newark (EWR) to Mumbai (BOM) by Air India
  • Chicago (ORD) to Hyderabad by Air India (new)
  • SFO to Bengaluru (BLR) by Air India (new)
  • Newark (EWR) to Delhi (DEL) by United Airlines
  • Newark (EWR) to Mumbai (BOM) by United Airlines
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Delhi (DEL) by United Airlines
  • New York (JFK) to Mumbai (BOM) by Delta Airlines
  • Chicago to Delhi by United Airlines (December 2020)
  • San Francisco to Bengaluru by United Airlines (2021)

Air India is all set to ring in the New Year 2021 with the scheduled launch of two nonstop routes in January: Chicago to Hyderabad, and San Francisco to Bengaluru. Both the new routes will see weekly two flights till the end of March 2021. Both Bengaluru and Hyderabad being gateways to South India, Air India is likely to continue serving these routes through 2021. Air India’s SFO to BLR flights make the first-ever nonstop service between the West Coast of the US and the Silicon Valley of India. Short domestic flights make this route easily accessible from Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and New Mexico. Air India’s Chicago to HYD nonstop service will take effect on January 15, 2021.

Adding to the number of nonstop flights between USA and India, United Airlines announced to launch two new routes – San Francisco to Bengaluru, and Chicago and Delhi. Starting December 2020, United Airlines’ SFO to BLR direct flights will be operated on a daily basis. Direct United flights between ORD and DEL will hit the skies in Spring 2021. Though the SFO to Bengaluru route for nonstop flights has no competition yet, the Chicago to DEL route will be seeing competition between Air India and United Airlines. Air India is the only airline to have operated nonstop flights from Chicago to Delhi till date.

United Airlines’ direct flights to Delhi from San Francisco were launched in December 2019. United Airlines got into a head-to-head competition with Air India over nonstop SFO to DEL flights, simply because Air India is the first choice for its generous check-in baggage allowance and Air India fare deals are cheaper than United flight tickets to India. While only one check-in bag weighing up to 23 kg is allowed in United Airlines’ economy class, Air India allows economy travelers to check in 2 bags; each of up to 23 kg. Besides, United Airlines charges passengers an additional fee for their preferred seats behind the Economy Plus rows on board.

As per the announcement made early this year, American Airlines is supposed to launch direct flights between Seattle and Bengaluru in October 2020. Since no tentative date has yet been announced, the proposed launch of nonstop Seattle to Bengaluru flights looks uncertain amid the current pandemic.

In an unfortunate turn of events, Air India cut its free check-in economy baggage allowance to one bag of 23 kg for all Newark to India flights in April 2019 and discontinued its JFK to Mumbai direct services. Checking in a second bag with maximum weight of 23 kg, on Air India economy flights to and from Newark, costs USD 50. However, the revision of Air India’s free checked baggage allowance for economy does not apply to Air India flights from other US cites.

Early in 2018, Delta Airlines announced its return to India with nonstop flights to Mumbai from USA .  Delta made its comeback to India with direct New York to Mumbai flights in December 2019.

In November 2018, the Federation of Indian American Associations (FIA) of Georgia presented a memorandum to Indian government seeking nonstop Air India flights from Atlanta to India for seamless connectivity to Delhi and Mumbai. Nonstop flights to India from Atlanta will benefit not only Georgia Indians, but also Indians in the neighboring states including Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee. In response to the memorandum, General Vijay Kumar Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs promised to push Air India to connect Atlanta to one or two major Indian cities for the shortest trip between Georgia, USA and India.

Air India’s plans to introduce nonstop flights from Los Angeles to India and direct Dallas to New Delhi flights are still underway. If things go as expected, 2020 will see the launch of Air India’s Los Angeles to India nonstop service. Indians in Houston, TX have also their fingers crossed for nonstop flights to India from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).       

Booking of nonstop flights from USA to India will not burn holes into your pocket if you plan your trip at least 21 days in advance from the actual date of travel , if you fly before or after peak seasons, and if you subscribe to Indian Eagle’s free lowest airfare alerts.       

24 thoughts on “What are Nonstop Flights between USA and India in 2020 and 2021?

  1. Aravamudhan Raman

    There should be more legroom in long-duration non-stop flights, so the passenger can have some good sleep. This will certainly offset the jetlag woes.
    Indians living in America and going to India will need to have two checked-in suitcases accommodated without needing to pay extra for luggage.
    Good quality food and beverages should be given.
    Special considerations can be given in fare for travel for large families flying together.
    Students of Indian origin need concessions in their ticket fare.

    These are some of the items many of us care for. Why doesn’t Air India adopt these?

    • Anon Ymous

      These are great incentives but hopefully airlines that provide these can stay in business. Airlines are cutting incentives to maintain or lower prices and asking for both things – lower price and better incentives may be difficult.

  2. sreeram

    I traveled in Delhi-SFO United. 787-9 is a good flight and flight time was under 15 hours. But the flight landed too early and immigration does not start until 6AM and so flight was no deboarded until 6AM. otherwise I am hoping we get to see non stop flights from Bangalore, chennai and Hyderabad as well, Bay area and EWR/JFK has enough indians to justify more non stop flights.

  3. Prabhu

    Our Minds always tries to find for a low price ticket,

    Airlines have no other options to have Economy and Premium Economy(Which has more leg space).

    I travelled from CLT to BLR on 19th September 2020, All the Premium economy seats are empty, only few seats were taken in Business/First Class.

    Even in Economy class the seats were empty. This is all because of the Pandemic.

    It is better to carry our own food, than relaying on Airlines. Airlines suffered huge loss and Govts had to help.

    Hope the situation eases

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prabhu! Good to know you traveled safely. Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • Sitha

      If I book Indian Airlines tickets from USA to Delhi,How many days does it take to confirm flight tickets. What is the process and do I need to quarantine in Delhi ?

      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Sitha! Delhi has 7 days of institutional quarantine for international arrivals. Please check https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/new-delhi-airport-institutional-quarantine/ to know details of Delhi’s quarantine rules and exemption criteria. There’s a certain process to be followed during and after booking your travel. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for the hassle-free booking and the process related to your travel.

        • AG

          Hi, I am planning to travel to India on the 23rd of Feb 20201. Is there still institutional quarantine in Delhi? Or with negative PCR test, it is quarantine at home? Please let me know.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi AG! Having a negative RT-PCR test report, you will undergo only home quarantine for 7 days in Delhi.

  4. GP

    Why are so many flights going to Delhi? Very few to Mumbai and other cities. Is there so much demand for Delhi tickets?

  5. Satish

    The only way a viable non stop service can work is for a US carrier to have a code share with a small Indian carrier and run nonstop services using the Indian code shares slots and circle services by day of the week exampe EWR-BOM-EWR [MON] SFO-BLR-SFO[TUE] IAD-DEL-IAD [WED] BOS-BOM-BOS [THU] JFK-MAA-JFK [FRI] and so on… these are just examples.. the use of the code shre will open up seat quotas based on the existing bilateral seat capacity per week which is plenty and allow established US carriers to use aircraft capacity and haul available passenger traffic. Alternatey large middle east or euarope based carriers could do the same.

  6. Nalini Krishnan

    We are US Citizens – OCI card holders. Plan to move to India April 2021. Please advise which airline we could use at that time period? Thanks

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nalini! As per the current regulations, OCI cardholders can travel on Air India and United Airlines – which are part of the US-India air bubble travel agreement. The regulation may be further relaxed or lifted in April 2021 – which cannot be predicted now. Even normal/regular international flights to and from India may resume in April 2021.

  7. Avrajit

    I would like to see a non-stop flight from Kolkata (CCU) to JFK/Newyark..!! Is there any possibility in 2021?? The London-CCU route just revived..

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Avrajit! The announcement about the upcoming nonstop flights between San Francisco and Bengaluru, Chicago and Hyderabad was unexpected. Similarly, Air India may unexpectedly announce a nonstop route between Kolkata and the USA some day. If it happens, we will be among the few to publish the news on our portal.

  8. Anoop

    I am an indian passport holder and have to fly from detroit to bangalore. Are there any direct flights available from any state in usa to bangalore?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anoop! The nonstop service from San Francisco to Bengaluru will be launched in the second week of January 2021. Please contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for more information and the best itinerary for your hassle-free travel.

  9. Lakshmi

    My parents are planning to travel to Seattle from Bangalore. I see that Air India direct flights will be operational from Jan 11, 2021. However, I want their baggage checked in directly to their destination, Seattle.

    Are there any codeshare agreements with United, that will allow them to catch the United flight from SFO to SEA?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Lakshmi! Our travel advisors can give you expert guidance on this. Please be advised to contact them at 1-800-615-3969.

  10. Manny Subramanian

    Hello: What are the airlines that allow 2 free checked in bags to Bangalore or Mumbai ? Is negative PCR test required 72 hours before departure from USA? I am in the East coast of USA, so would prefer flights from Washington or Chicago? Thanks very much

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manny! Taking an RT-PCR test and uploading the report onto Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to departure from the US is mandatory. Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, and Air India allow checking-in of 2 bags for free. If you are an Indian passport holder, you can travel on Air India, United Airlines (direct), Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Delta Airlines from USA to India these days. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for the best itinerary for your hassle-free travel.


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