Mysore back on airmap after three decades


The department of tourism (DoT) took a media group on the ‘inaugural flight’ of a 65-seater ATR-72 to witness Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar formally kick-starting the ‘Nada Habba’ offering traditional pooja to Sri Chamundeshwari atop Chamundi Hills.

The DoT plans to operate the chartered flight for the benefit of tourists and general public for five more days from Sept 22 on ‘subsidised tariff.’ The package deal offers sight seeing, food and overnight accommodation on the banks of Cauvery river at Srirangapatna. The old airport at Mysore has been spruced up with a swanky new building and a longer runway at a cost of about Rs 60 crore and awaits formal inauguration by Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.

Quizzed about the future of the airport, Yeddyurappa said though air travel between Bangalore and Mysore which takes hardly 25 minutes, may not be viable, Mysore could become a connecting destination for other cities like Hubli and Mangalore, besides being brought on the tourism circuit of Goa, Kerala and Chennai.

In fact, the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation has been entrusted with the task of exploring chartered tourism packages on weekends from cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Goa. “Depending on the response from tourists, we will have tours on week days also,” said a seniior official.

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