Aerial joy rides from October 5

Dasara aerial joy rides in its second edition this year, will begin to offer the rides from October 5 to 14 in the city as part of Nada Habba Dasara. However, the only unsavoury thing here is the possible escalation in fares owing to hike in fuel prices.

Briefing the media after inspecting Mysore Airport at Mandakalli on Mysore-Nanjangud road, Director of Government Flight Training School at Jakkur in Bangalore, Naveen Raj Singh said that one four seater aircraft and two, two seater aircrafts will offer the rides in the names of Yuvaraja and Maharaja, respectively.

The Director General of Civil Aviations (DGCA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) has restricted the rides to only five nautical miles, giving the passengers a maximum duration of 15 minutes to savour the ride from the sky, from airport to Chamundi Hill, Lalitha Mahal Palace and Amba Vilas Palace before returning to the airport. He clarified that the afore mentioned authorities had given permission for flying only for the 10-day period during Dasara. The entire crew from ground staff to technical staff is expected to descend on the city on October 3 itself. Trial flights will be conducted for two days, Singh added.

Giving details about the rides, SP Abhinav Khare said that it will be offered in five different slots -- 9 am to 10 am, 10 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 3 pm, 3 pm to 4 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm. On an average 50 to 60 people can take the ride per day. Last year the rides were offered at the rates of Rs 2,000 and Rs 2,500, and the pricing this year is said to escalate thanks to the rise in fuel price. “It will take another few days for the rates to be decided,” the SP added.

Though there is no restriction on the age group of the people, children below the age of five have been advised against it. Tickets will be available online on the Dasara website, www.mysoredasara.gov.in. Besides exclusive counters will be set up at the office of deputy commissioner and also airport.

Airport Director C N Manjunath asked Singh to take note of security aspects as there are chances of people with “ulterior motives” too opting for the ride. Manjunath suggested that ID proofs of the passengers be obtained.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Naga Nayak, Chief Flight Training Instructor Amarjit Singh Dhange and Assistant Flight Training Instructor Madhurima Mukherjee were present.

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