ಮೈಸೂರು ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ
Entrance to airport
|IATA: MYQ – ICAO: VOMY|
|Owner/Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Elevation AMSL||2,347 ft / 715 m|
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 modernised and reopened to scheduled services on 1 October 2010. Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet each served the airport for one year before ending flights. Alliance Air introduced service in September 2015 but flights ended only two months later.
The airstrip in Mysore was built in 1948. In the beginning, there were passenger flights between the airport and HAL Airport in Bangalore using Dakota aircraft, however the flights were not successful. In addition, for a short period The Hindu flew its newspapers to the airport for transport into the city.
The airport was rebuilt at a cost of ₹82 crore (US$12 million). It was inaugurated by B. S. Yeddyurappa, 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 (6,096 ft). For the second phase of expansion, the State Government has sanctioned funds to lengthen the runway to 3,400 m (7,874 ft). Meanwhile, a sanction has already been given for the ₹140 crore (US$21 million) civil and electrical works of the second phase. This 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.
There has been trouble in launching the second phase of expansion, primarily due to the fact that National Highway 212 cuts through land needed for the extension of the runway. It has been proposed either to realign the highway, which the State Government disapproves of, or to construct a tunnel beneath the extended runway, which the Ministry of Civil Aviation does not support citing security concerns. In addition, the expansion could be illogical given the low passenger service to the airport.
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.
Alliance Air began flights from Bangalore to the airport on 3 September 2015. On 29 September flights were suspended due to extremely low passenger loads, possibly the result of the inconvenient, early departure time from Bangalore. In response, Alliance Air changed the flight timings to in the afternoon. However, the airline ended flights on 17 November upon the termination of the financial agreement with the state government, originally planned to last for one year.
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