Staff Correspondent

The modular design facilitates easy expansion

Terminal building can handle 150-200 passengers

Runway can hold three aircraft at a time

MYSORE: Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 82 crore, the Mysore airport which was inaugurated on Saturday is new in all respects as it was built from scratch by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The earlier concrete edifice did not jell with the new modular design and concepts and hence the AAI put up a new structure whose design facilitates easy expansion without hindering the existing operations.

The terminal building of the airport which is located on Mysore-Nanjangud Road has an area of 3,250 sq. m and can handle 150-200 passengers at a time during peak hour. The glass and steel structure has all modern passenger amenities such as central air-conditioning, passenger baggage handling system, flight information display system, public address system and fire fighting system apart from a parking lot to accommodate 150 cars.

The runway is 1,740 m long and is suitable for ATR-72 type of aircraft that are short-haul flights with a passenger capacity of 60 to 70. Three aircraft can be parked at a time. The AAI has installed latest navigation equipment, including the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-directional Range (DVOR), to facilitate night landings.

The new airport was completed on September 15, 2009 and was ready for a Dasara inauguration. However, the inauguration did not happen then. During the last eight months, the airport handled over 150 chartered flights.

V.P. Agarwal, Chairman of the AAI, said during the inauguration that Mysore, being an important tourist destination, deserved a full-fledged airport. The airport was in no way inferior to those in other cities, he said, and promised excellent service to travellers.

He said the AAI envisaged a good future for the Mysore airport and promised to take up the second phase of the expansion and modernisation programme immediately on he completion of land acquisition process. This, he said, would facilitate operation of Airbus and Boeing aircraft as envisaged in the memorandum of understanding signed with the State Government.

History

It was in 1936 that a decision was taken to have an airport in Mysore. The Public Works Department acquired 291 acres of land between 1936 and 1947 at Mandakalli and Marase villages for the project.

The original terminal building had only basic facilities.

The Civil Aviation Ministry took over the operations in 1950 but there were no scheduled services till 1985, after which the now defunct Vayudoot services operated a few flights to the city. However, the airport continued to handle chartered flights.

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