Mysuru-B'luru to be connected by air again

In what may boost tourism industry ahead of “Nada Habba” Dasara festival scheduled to be held in October, commercial flight service from Mysore Airport at Mandakalli on Mysuru-Nanjangud Road is all set to resume from September 3. Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India will be operating flights six days a week on the  Bengaluru-Mysuru-Bengaluru route.

Mysuru and Kodagu MP Prathap Simha told media here on Saturday, like earlier, ATR-72 seater aircraft will be operated in the early morning hours. The flight will depart Bengaluru at 6 am and arrive here at 6.40 am. The return flight is at 7 am and expected to reach Bengaluru at 7.40 am. Barring Wednesdays, the flight will be operated on all the days of the week.

 A team of officials from Air India is expected to take stock of the situation at the airport on Sunday at 10 am, as communicated through mail to the office of the director in Mysuru, the copy of which was released to the media.

Simha said talks are on with the authorities concerned in the airport to create night landing facilities and also for refuelling that may prove handy in further improvising the services.

However, the resumption of air service may boost tourism industry, after SpiceJet withdrew the service on October last. After a gap of 10 months, the airport is expected to come alive with the new service.

A meeting with industrialists and other stakeholders mostly frequent fliers, has been convened on Monday by the MP on making use of the facility.

Previous flight
The airport that was rebuilt at an estimated cost of Rs 82 crore was commissioned in 2010. It was in the same year, Kingfisher Airlines launched the operations by running direct flight between Mysuru and Bengaluru, connecting other cities like Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad. All was well till November 2011, when Kingfisher withdrew the service due to operational losses. For over a year, the service remained grounded till SpiceJet launched the service on the same routes from January 2013 and continued till October 2014, when the service was withdrawn.
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