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Flight Arrivals and Departures

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Flight Arrivals and Departures

I mean no disrespect…just curious as to why flight arrivals and departures in India are at such odd times by my usual experiences. We arrive at 3:00 am and depart at 4:35 am.

My bigger question I guess is what to do when I arrive at 3:00 am. I imagine customs etc. will take a while, but I will likely be exhausted and ready to get cleaned up after nearly 24 hours of travel. Do hotels allow REALLY early check-in, or do you have to wait until late afternoon to get into a hotel?

Oh! And when do I use the word Delhi and when do I say New Delhi?

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1. Re: Flight Arrivals and Departures


Most of the international flights operate between 00:00 to 05:00 hrs.

If you arrive at 03:00 hrs, you will be most probably out of customs around 03:45 hrs & will reach your hotel in 30 minutes. Some hotels provide early check-in around 08:00 hrs or even 07:00 sometimes. In worst case, you need to pay a night price for check-in.

You can use Delhi most of the time. :)

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2. Re: Flight Arrivals and Departures

Hi Reef 2020,

It is not true that all International flights come in odd time.

See the following link to know all arrival & departure details :


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3. Re: Flight Arrivals and Departures

The flight timings are more to do with restrictions on landing/takeoff primarily in Europe. To comply with that flight timings are such for landings in India.

As regards early check in, my experience is that 2/3 star hotels are more accomodative than 4/5 star hotels. Still, by requesting them you may get a room by about 9am. They will allow the use of facilities even if room is not ready for you to freshen up.

One always can pay for the previous night and check in a 4 am.

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4. Re: Flight Arrivals and Departures

There are lots of misunderstanding going on. As you will arrive at 03:00 hrs so after all formalities you will reach hotel by 4:30 so there are some hotels which provide early check inn if rooms are available otherwise you have to wait in lobby. In my suggestion you should book the room for the earlier night too.

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