Answer: From Manchester, depending on wind direction, it will take around 2 hours to fly to Chambery in France.Check out http://www.satellitetravel.co.uk/ for prices and times. It does appear that they only fly at certain times of the year, i.e. December onwards.
Answer: Typically flights take around 17-18 hrs. You have 2 ways to go from New Delhi, India to San Jose, CA. Either via Asia Pacific (Hongking or Singapore) or via Europe (Atlantic). You have to hop 2 flights and sometimes it takes more than 20 hrs.
Answer: According to the TSA website (TSA.gov) lighters are permitted under special circumstances. You can bring a lighter on in your CARRY-ON baggage. Lighters that are unfilled/unfueled are allowed in your CHECKED baggage, but filled/fueled are not allowed unless in a special case (this is because prefilled lighters, such as a bic, can explode in the unpressurized underbelly of the plane, while the cabin is pressurized, which would prevent rupture).