This afternoon, I was booking my flight to India. There are not many airlines flying direct to Bangalore. I am not adventure enough to take an internal flight inside India, so my options are limited.
The most straight forward path is taking Air Canada/Lufthansa, making a transfer in Frankfurt. The connection time is perfect, not much time is wasted in the airport. The itinerary looks great except it is flying via Europe. India is exactly 12 time zones away from Vancouver, so flying west should be the same as flying east.
Only Singapore airline have direct flight to Bangalore. Somehow, the travel booking websites somehow couldn’t route the flight via Singapore. They always route it through Europe. I have to print out Singapore airline’s flight schedule and try to work out the connect flights myself. Singapore airline only flies 3 days a week form Vancouver to Singapore, so I can’t leave on Friday as planned. The flight arriving at 11p.m and the daily flight from Singapore to Bangalore is at 10p.m. The timing of the connect flight is not looking good. I can also fly to San Francisco first, then to HK, then to Singapore and catch the direct flight to Bangalore. It will be 3 stops compare to 1 stop taking Lufthansa, not very desirable either.
At the end, I book with Lufthansa to save the trouble. For the 2nd trip, maybe I will stop by HK and try the SFO route of Singapore airline. Too bad that HK has no direct flight to Bangalore, yet. Dragonair will have daily flight to Bangalore starting May 1. Taking Cathy Pacific and Dragonair, stop over in HK would be the best flight itinerary.