Good news for Indians in San Francisco Bay Area! The long wait for direct Air India flights from San Francisco to Mumbai is over as Air India may launch direct SFO to BOM flights this summer. If things fall into place as expected, nonstop Air India flights will cover 8404 miles or 13525 kilometers between San Francisco International Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji International within 16 hours 30 minutes.
The disinvestment-bound Air India operates weekly six flights from San Francisco (SFO) to India, at present. There is no direct or nonstop service between Mumbai and San Francisco as of now. With the proposed launch of nonstop SFO to BOM flights in summer 2018, Air India service from San Francisco to India will go up to nine times in a week.
The increasing number of Indians in San Francisco Metropolitan Area or the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area adds to the feasibility of direct Air India flights from San Francisco to Mumbai. Out of the total population of 4335391 in San Francisco Metropolitan Area, 119,854 are Indians as per the US Census 2010. 117,711 is the Indian American population of San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area in California, according to the US Census 2010.
The existing San Francisco to Mumbai services operated by Delta Airlines, Air France, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Air Canada and Jet Airways take 21 to 33 hours depending on operating airlines’ layovers at their respective hubs. It will be significantly reduced to 16 hours 30 minutes by direct Air Indian flights from SFO to BOM, India.
Furthermore, those traveling on Oakland (OAK) to Mumbai flights or Sacramento (SMF) to Mumbai flights are supposed to benefit from direct flights from San Francisco to Mumbai in terms of airfare savings. Usually, SFO to BOM flight tickets are much cheaper than OAK to BOM and SMF to BOM air tickets. It is evident in the below screen shot of SFO to BOM fare deals from IndianEagle.com, a leading online travel booking portal. (Please note that airfares fluctuate every now and then.)
It is expected that direct Air Indian flights from San Francisco to Mumbai will be cheaper than OAK to BOM and SMF to BOM flights. Once Air India fares for SFO to BOM direct flight are released, cheap tickets will be available at Indian Eagle, which is trusted by most Indian Americans for cheap flights to India from USA.
The success of Air India’s nonstop service from New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Newark and San Francisco to New Delhi is leading to new routes for Air Indian direct flights between USA and India. Subscribe to our free newsletter for upcoming air travel news and latest updates on US-India travel.