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Mysore Airport
Mysore Airport, July 2016.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Airports Authority of India
Serves Mysore
Location Mandakalli, Karnataka, India
Elevation AMSL 715 m / 2,347 ft
Coordinates 12°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
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MYQ is located in India
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,740 5,709 Concrete

Mysore Airport (IATA: MYQICAO: 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). 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. A gap in scheduled flights lasted from 1990 to 2010; Kingfisher Airlines touched down at the airport following extensive renovations by the AAI. Airlines have encountered difficulties maintaining service at Mysore. Nevertheless, regional carrier TruJet inaugurated flights from Chennai in September 2017.

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.[1] 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.[2] However, these flights lasted only a few months.[3]

Afterward, the airfield was used by charter flights carrying foreign tourists and by flights transporting dignitaries to the city, such as Jawaharlal Nehru.[1][3] The Indian Air Force operated training flights at the airport as well.[4] In 1985, regional airline Vayudoot commenced thrice weekly flights from Bangalore using its Dornier Do 228 aircraft.[1] 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.[5] Because of low passenger loads,[1][3] the flights ended in 1990.[4]

2005 modernisation and afterward[edit]

Since the 1960s, the city of Mysore had been appealing to the central government to upgrade the airport.[5] Mysore has a large tourism industry, and it is the second largest exporter of IT products in the state.[6] On 6 October 2005, the state government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a memorandum of understanding on the refurbishment of the airport. A new runway, passenger terminal, apron and air traffic control tower were built at a total cost of 82 crore (US$13 million).[7][8] Construction was completed in September 2009. However, amid the economic recession, no airline had yet decided to begin flights to the airport.[9]

The airport was inaugurated on 15 May 2010 by then Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa.[10] Many airlines remained reluctant to begin flights, expecting poor passenger numbers and taking issue with the airport's inability to handle jet aircraft.[11] Ultimately, Kingfisher Airlines announced it would introduce flights from Chennai via Bangalore in October, just before the start of Dasara.[12][13] The flights were operated by Kingfisher Red.[14] However, Kingfisher discontinued service to Mysore the following November. Although the flights had performed well during Dasara, occupancy declined thereafter.[15] In addition, Kingfisher was dealing with financial problems and had decided to end Kingfisher Red operations.[16][17]

SpiceJet began the same Mysore–Bangalore–Chennai route in January 2013.[18] The airline suspended the service in July 2014 because of low passenger traffic.[19][20] After speaking with local stakeholders and members of government, SpiceJet returned to Mysore for brief periods of time before finally cancelling all services in October of the same year.[21][22][23] Service returned with the arrival of Air India Regional in September 2015; the operation was subsidised by the state government.[24] The airline's Bangalore flights had extremely low passenger loads, which some passengers attributed to the inconvenient timings.[25] Air India ended the service two months later when the subsidy arrangement expired.[26]

In 2016, Mysore Airport was used by the Reserve Bank of India's subsidiary Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Limited to carry banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi New Series from the High-Security printing press to various branches of the Reserve Bank across the country.[27]

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.[3] The apron has three parking stands and is connected to the runway by a single perpendicular taxiway.[28] Mysore Airport's passenger terminal occupies 3,250 square metres (35,000 sq ft) and can hold a maximum of 150 passengers.[3]

Scheduled air service[edit]

The central government's Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik facilitated the resumption of flights to Mysore Airport following Air India Regional's departure, with regional airline TruJet introducing service in September 2017 to Hyderabad via Chennai.[29]

Future plans[edit]

Under the second phase of expansion, the runway would be lengthened to 2,400 metres (7,900 ft), allowing jet aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 to land at Mysore Airport.[30] 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.[31] The State Government initially decided to hold off on this phase, preferring to wait until air traffic increased and the cost of diverting the runway was justified.[32]

The second phase was revived under the Siddaramaiah administration. It proposed tunneling NH 766 beneath the runway, which requires less land than deviating the highway;[33][34] but the Central Government rejected this proposal, citing security concerns.[33] 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.[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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