Chief Minister urged to call meeting of airline operators
Members of the Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) on Saturday urged A.H. Vishwanath, Mysore MP, to inform the Civil Aviation Ministry on the need for morning and evening flights from Mysore.
Mr. Vishwanath and MCCI members, led by their president Sudhakar Shetty, visited the airport here on Saturday and spoke to airport officials following the resumption of commercial flight operations from Mysore from January 14.
Convener of the Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM) M. Lakshman and Congress leader H.A. Venkatesh were present.
Officer-in-charge of Mysore airport Manjunath told presspersons that SpiceJet had announced flight timings and schedules up to March 2013. The plane will leave Bangalore at 12.20 p.m. and arrive at Mysore at 1.10 pm. It will depart from Mysore at 1.30 p.m. to reach Bangalore at 2.20 p.m. Outbound passengers from Mysore will get connecting flights to Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai at Bangalore airport.
Mr. Shetty said that morning and evening flights from Mysore would be convenient for industry representatives. Mr. Vishwanath replied that he would speak to the respective Civil Aviation Ministry officials.
Later, addressing presspersons, Mr. Vishwanath expressed happiness over the resumption of commercial operations and said that air connectivity would benefit the city and help develop industry and tourism in the region.
“Chartered flights have been flying to and from Mysore even though there were no commercial operations from the airport for over a year. The airport handled 150 chartered flights in 2010 and 155 in 2011. This indicates the city’s potential,” Mr. Vishwanath said.
In a memorandum, Mr. Vishwanath urged Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to call a meeting of all airline operators. He also urged Mr. Shettar to take steps to expand the airport to handle bigger aircraft.
“The existing runway could be expanded from 1,740 m to 2,600 m, allowing bigger plans to operate and facilitating direct flights to and from Mysore,” he said.
Though the Centre had set aside Rs. 140 crore for the airport’s expansion, the State government had yet to release land and other facilities. The airport needs to be upgraded urgently, he said.
Mr. Manjunath said 175 acres out of 300 had been acquired for the airport’s expansion.
‘SpiceJet has announced flight timings and schedules up to March 2013’ Runway should be expanded from 1,740 m to 2,600 m, to allow bigger planes to operate: MP
‘SpiceJet has announced flight timings and schedules up to March 2013’
Runway should be expanded from 1,740 m to 2,600 m, to allow bigger planes to operate: MP