Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jet Airways and SpiceJet eye Bangalore-Mysore sector

 Jet Airways and SpiceJet eye Bangalore-Mysore sector

The Mysore airport runway, where only one flight lands and takes off in a day, may witness more activity in the near future.

According to the Airport Authority of India (AAI), two commercial airlines have shown interest in starting operations in addition to Kingfisher airlines which operates on the Bangalore-Mysore sector five days a week.

AAI DGM Rajiv Gupta, who is in charge of the airport, said Jet Airways and SpiceJet had shown interest in starting services from Mysore. Officials from the two commercial airlines visited the airport to inspect the facilities.

“They had visited the airport a few months back. They are carrying out route surveys and other planning activities to find if it is feasible to start commercial flight operations,” said Gupta.

The existing infrastructure at the airport is sufficient for these airlines to immediately start operations. And there is tremendous potential for more airlines to operate from Mysore which attracts scores of tourists throughout the year, especially during the Dasara festivities.

“With over 140 industries in Mysore, there is a lot of potential for airlines to operate more flights, especially short haul ones,” he said. Though the airport built and developed by the AAI at Rs82 crore was inaugurated in May 2010, commercial flight services started only in October last year as airlines were not keen to start operations fearing poor load factor.

However, according to AAI, Kingfisher airline has occupancy of 75% per flight. Its ATR flight departs from Bangalore at noon and arrives in Mysore at 12.45pm. It leaves for Bangalore at 2.20pm.






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