14,600 travellers utilise Mysore Airport in March
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14,600 travellers utilise Mysore Airport in March

April 21, 2022
  • 100 percent occupancy in all flights
  • Indigo service to Hubballi from May 3

Mysore/Mysuru: After a gap of two years, the Mysore Airport at Mandakalli is seeing a flurry of activities with full occupancy in all the flights. The first and second wave of COVID-19 had dealt a severe blow to the airline operations and the future was bleak where industry experts predicted that it would take at least one year for operations to pick up.

But belying predictions, the flight sector looked up early and a large number of tourist arrival to Mysuru has substantiated the same. Tourists are landing in Mysuru in direct flights from destinations and as a result, the demand for flights to places like Goa, Hyderabad and Chennai has substantially increased.

There is a demand for additional flights as customers are preferring flights to trains and buses where journeys are tiresome and would take long hours, Airport Director R. Manjunath told Star of Mysore. Every day, 12 planes take off and land and talks are on with more airlines to commence operations from Mysuru, he added.

Mysuru has flight connections to Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Goa and the passenger footfalls have reached the pre-pandemic levels.

“March 2022 recorded 14,600 people taking flights to and fro Mysuru and April too is encouraging and all the flights to Goa, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad are seeing 100 percent occupancy. We are not worried any more about occupancy rates now unlike during initial stages. Now notably, there is 100 percent occupancy rate even if some of the routes are not subsidised under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN (Ude Deshka Aam Naagrik),” he said.

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The Airport authorities are keen on getting operators to other potential routes. “There is a huge demand for flights to Shirdi and Mangaluru and Belagavi. Also, stakeholders from the trade, industry and commerce sectors are seeking flights to Coimbatore and Pune. We are in talks with Star Airways for flights to Belagavi and Mangaluru,” he added.

At present, only ATR-72 type planes can land at Mysore Airport. Additional flights, more destinations will be a reality after the present Airport runway of 1,740 metres is expanded to 2,750 metres for which the State Government has released Rs. 319.13 crore to acquire land.

From May 3, IndiGo will operate flight services to Hubballi. IndiGo will initially operate on the Mysuru-Hubballi sector thrice a week and will increase the schedule depending on the passenger response.

The flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flight will depart from Hubballi at 4.55 pm and land at Mysuru at 6.05 pm. It will depart from Mysuru at 6.25 pm   and land at Hubballi at 7.40 pm.

8 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “14,600 travellers utilise Mysore Airport in March”

  1. Sanjay Kini says:

    100% Occupancy for flights to and from Hubbali is a good sign for the Tourism Industry. Mysuru will now get Tourists from North Karnataka.
    HAL -Dornier 228 is a 17 Seater Aircraft now made in India was recently launched by Alliance Air for the first time in India as a Civilian Transport Aircraft. Alliance Air can operate the Plane under UDAN to Connect All smaller airports in Karnataka like Vijaynagar, Bidar, Kalaburagi, and future airports at Shivamogga, Ballari, Hassan, Karwar, Raichur, Vijayapura. This will not only help Tourists but also Businessmen who frequent these cities.

  2. Kiran says:

    Still no bus facility between airport and city, cabs will rip off your pocket with whatever money comes to their mind.
    Hope atleast airport authority take it seriously and start at least shuttle to city and airport.

  3. Anand says:

    What about Mysore to Mumbai direct. You should connect to metro cities direct

  4. N. Balasubramanian says:

    Yes. It is true the taxi operators are fleecing the air travellers arriving in Mysore. Recently i came from Chennai and for travel from airport to Dattagalli they were demanding ₹750/- which they came down to ₹600 but picked another passenger for ₹400/-. So total ₹1000/- the driver has ripped us

  5. Mann Ki Baat, Bisi Bele Baat! says:

    Again, morons like @Kini who will do anything to line their pockets in the name of tourism are out to destroy this city.
    Tourism increase will kill off the city. There are better ways of travelling for businessmen, who launder money-the highway and the express trains.

  6. Howdy, Modi! says:

    Taxi drivers rightly these people who arrive by plane as loaded with money-otherwise , from Chennai, there are good express trains to Mysore.
    I have no sympathies for the above posters who rant about Taxi fare.

  7. Howdy, Modi! says:

    Taxi drivers rightly these people who arrive by plane as loaded with money-otherwise , from Chennai, there are good express trains to Mysore.
    I have no sympathies for the above posters who rant about Taxi fare.

  8. koppal boregowda says:

    If you take to the air and arrive at this airport having paid 2500 Rupees for a ticket, when a chair in Shatabdi express costs a third of that fare, no wonder the teaxi operators think you have money to spare for the 600 Rupees taxi fare. Do not balme them idiots, blame yourselves, Mysore does not need an air port, when one can drive or take train to Bangalore and use the airport there. Mysore has been a royal city and needs to be different than commercial Bangalore.
    If the airport’s runway is expanded and takes jetlines like A 320/Boeing 737 for so called tourism, it is no fault of taxi operators to demand 600 Ruppes or more to drive these dimwitted passengers to the city. All the government can do is to give contracts to privatecoach operators who will ferry these bloated passengers to a few Hotels in the city centre. Then from there is will be left to the lazy passengers to find another transport to go their destinations!

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