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Mysore Airport
Mysore Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesMysore, Kodagu/Coorg, Ooty, Kannur, Mandya, Hassan
LocationMandakalli, Karnataka, India
Opened1940
Elevation AMSL715 m / 2,347 ft
Coordinates12°13′48″N 76°39′21″E / 12.23000°N 76.65583°E / 12.23000; 76.65583 (Mysore Airport)Coordinates: 12°13′48″N 76°39′21″E / 12.23000°N 76.65583°E / 12.23000; 76.65583 (Mysore Airport)
Map
MYQ is located in Karnataka
MYQ
MYQ
MYQ is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,740 5,709 Concrete
Statistics (April 2019 - March 2020)
Passenger movement143,288(Increase227.6%)
Aircraft movement3,147 (Increase289.5%)

Mysore Airport (IATA: MYQ, ICAO: VOMY), also known as the Mandakalli Airport, is an airport serving Mysore, a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is located near the village of Mandakalli, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of the city, and is owned and operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). As of October 2019, the airport has regular daily flights to Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Goa.

The airport's history dates to the 1940s, when it was constructed by the Kingdom of Mysore. Passenger service, training flights of the Indian Air Force, and other operations took place at Mysore Airport during its first several decades.

Entrance to departures area
Close view of the terminal

History[edit]

In 1940, the Princely State of Mysore established the airport on 290 acres (120 ha) of land. Following Indian independence in 1947, the Government of Karnataka assumed control of the airfield. The Ministry of Civil Aviation took control in 1950.[3] Passenger service to Bangalore using Dakota aircraft began, but it did not last long as people found travel by road to be faster. Thereafter, The Hindu started daily flights from Chennai via Bangalore to deliver its newspapers.[4] However, these flights lasted only a few months.[5]

Afterward, the airfield was used by charter flights carrying foreign tourists and by flights transporting dignitaries to the city, such as Jawaharlal Nehru.[3][5] The Indian Air Force operated training flights at the airport as well.[6] In 1985, regional airline Vayudoot commenced thrice weekly flights from Bangalore using its Dornier 228 aircraft.[3] The service was inaugurated by famous Indian writer R. K. Narayan. At the time, Mysore Airport consisted solely of a grass airstrip and a one-roomed terminal with one toilet.[7] Because of low passenger loads,[3][5] the flights ended in 1990.[6]

The existing terminal was built in 2010, allowing the airport to handle 200 passengers.[8] Airlines started commencing flights, however due to poor response, the flights were stopped leaving the airport unused.[9] With central government's UDAN scheme, flights started functioning again, and as of December 2020, there are flights to 7 destinations from Mysore Airport.[9][10]

Infrastructure[edit]

Mysore Airport has a single runway, 09/27, with dimensions 1,740 by 30 metres (5,709 ft × 98 ft) and the ability to service ATR 72 turboprop and similar aircraft.[5] The apron has three parking stands and is connected to the runway by a single perpendicular taxiway.[11] Mysore Airport's passenger terminal occupies 3,250 square metres (35,000 sq ft) and can hold a maximum of 200 passengers.[5] Volvo buses from Mysuru City Bus Stand are available 7 times a day before flight timings.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Alliance Air Bangalore,[13] Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi,[14] Mangalore
IndiGo Chennai, Hyderabad[15]
TruJet Belgaum,[16] Chennai

Future plans[edit]

Under the second phase of expansion, the runway would be lengthened to 2,750 by 45 metres (9,022 ft × 148 ft), allowing jet aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 to land at Mysore Airport.[17] The runway cannot be extended to the west because of the presence of a railway line, while an extension to the east requires diverting National Highway 766.[18] The State Government initially decided to hold off on this phase, preferring to wait until air traffic increased and the cost of diverting the highway was justified.[19]

Proposal for second phase was submitted by the State government of Karnataka for extension of runway. It proposed tunneling NH 766 beneath the runway, which requires less land than deviating the highway;[20][21] but the Central Government rejected this proposal, citing security concerns.[20] In August 2016, however, the Deccan Chronicle reported that the Ministry of Civil Aviation had directed airport officials to have a study conducted regarding tunneling of the highway.[21]

On 17 May 2018, central government gave permission to the above proposal and as per the plan the existing runway would be expanded to 2750 metres.[22] In 2020, it was announced that government has agreed to upgrade Mysore Airport to an International Airport after runway expansion.[23][24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "traffic news Mar2K19Annex3 pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  2. ^ "traffic-news Mar2K19Annex2 pdf" (PDF). www.aai.aero. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Vattam, Krishna (19 October 2009). "Tale of an airstrip: Then and now". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ Satya, Gouri (19 November 2011). "Mysore no longer connected by air". Business Standard. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Mysore airport resurrected". Business Standard. 4 October 2010. Archived from the original on 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Connect India, the AAI way" (PDF). Cruising Heights. Newsline Publications. October 2011. pp. 70–71. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2016. [Mysore Airport] was used for scheduled flight operations by Vayudoot with Dornier aircraft till 1990. The Indian Air Force/NCC used the strip for training flights apart from sporadic use by small private charter flights.
  7. ^ Narayan, R. K. (1993). Salt & Sawdust: Stories and Table Talk. New Delhi: Penguin Books India. pp. 125–126. ISBN 9780140236705.
  8. ^ "Mysore airport inauguration on May 15". Bangalore Mirror. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  9. ^ a b "History and Future of Civil Aviation in Mysuru". Voice of Mysuru. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Fresh lease of life to Mandakalli Airport". Star of Mysore. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  11. ^ Aerodrome Data Mysore Airport (VOMY) (PDF) (Report). Airports Authority of India. 29 October 2015. pp. 9–10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  12. ^ Hub, Mysuru Infra (13 December 2020). "Volvo bus service to Mysuru Airport - A step in the right direction". Mysuru Infra Hub. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  13. ^ https://orissadiary.com/alliance-air-now-connects-mysuru-bengaluru-onwards-vijayawada/
  14. ^ "Alliance Air Agati airport Schedule". Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  15. ^ "IndiGo Airlines to start flight to Chennai from Mysuru Airport". www.livemint.com. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  16. ^ "TruJet to commence four UDAN services at Belgaum Airport in Jan-2020". CAPA. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Mysore airport to be ready soon". Business Standard. 26 June 2008. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  18. ^ Kumar, R. (4 August 2014). "Ministers differ over issue of airport expansion". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Government to go slow on Phase II of Mysore airport". The Hindu. 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  20. ^ a b Aravind, H. (4 November 2014). "Mysore Airport expansion plan remains grounded". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  21. ^ a b P., Shilpa (27 August 2016). "Hurdles over? Mysuru airport runway to have NH tunnel below". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  22. ^ "Runway Expansion, Underpass Near Mysore Airport Gets Nod i". Star of Mysore. 17 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Expand Mysore Airport runway to facilitate operation of Boeing planes". Star of Mysore. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  24. ^ "https://twitter.com/mepratap/status/1337966153822478337". Twitter. Retrieved 13 December 2020. External link in |title= (help)

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