Mysore Airport (IATA: MYQ, ICAO: VOMY), also known as Mandakalli Airport is an airport serving the city of Mysore. Defunct from the mid-1980s, it was reopened to scheduled services on October 1, 2010. Kingfisher Airlines operated daily flights to Mysore between October 2010 and November 2011. The newly upgraded airport lay unused for 14 months until SpiceJet began flights to Chennai on January 14, 2013.
The airstrip in Mysore was built in 1948. Its last burst of commercial activity was in the mid-1980s when Vayudoot ran a feeder service. The city had been on the aviation map more than five decades ago when a leading national newspaper used to drop its newspaper bundles using a Dakota. Thereafter, it was linked with the rest of the country through Vayudoot services. However, poor patronage had led to discontinuance of the services.
The airport was built at a cost of 82 crore (US$13 million). It was inaugurated by B. S. Yeddiyurappa, the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 15 May 2010. Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher had shown interest in operating flights to the city. The terminal building has a capacity to accommodate 200 passengers. The runway at the airport measures 1,858 m (6,098 ft). The state government has sanctioned funds to upgrade the runway length to anywhere between 2,400 m (7, 870 ft) to 2,600 m (8,530 ft). Meanwhile, a sanction has been already been given for the 140 crore (US$23 million) civil and electrical works of the second phase of the project. The second phase will include upgrade of the airport with an apron, setting up of air traffic control, meteorological department and upgrading the terminal. Once that is completed, the airport will be able to operate the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft.
After the airport was commissioned for operation in 2010, Kingfisher Airlines operated daily flights, connecting Mysore with Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai via Bangalore. Kingfisher operated its Kingfisher Red service to Mysore. The flights operated with nearly 75% occupancy inbound to Mysore, while the occupancy was said to be low in the outbound from Mysore, resulting in Kingfisher Airlines cancelling the flights since November 2011. Chartered flights have been operating since the airport was recommissioned, with 150 flights operating in 2010 and 155 in 2011.
On 31 December 2012, SpiceJet announced flights connecting Mysore to Chennai from 14 January 2013. The last flight to Mysore will be on 25 Oct 2014 as the only flight SpiceJet withdrew its operations.