Mysore Airport, EarlierThe Mysore Airport is also known as the Mandakalli Airport. Built in the year 1948 as an airstrip, it was used by a leading newspaper of the country to drop its newspaper bundles using a Dakota. After the Dakota, the airport was used by the Vayudoot services which linked the entire country. However, this did not find many takers and the service was discontinued. As a result, the Airport had no commercial usage and was defunct since the mid – 1980s.
Since then, the airport lied in a state of neglect until it was upgraded and rebuilt in the year 2010.
Development of the AirportBuilt at a cost of INR 82 Crores, the airport was inaugurated by then chief minister Mr. B. S. Yeddyurappa. It was on 1st October 2010, that Kingfisher operated its flight from the Mysore Airport. They used their budget airline Kingfisher Red for the same. The flight operated from Mysore to Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai via Bangalore. However, this did not find many takers as well and Kingfisher discontinued its flights to and from Mysore in November 2011.
After the discontinuation of Kingfisher to operate flights from the newly upgraded airport, the strip lay unused again for the next 14 months, until Spicejet began operations from Mysore to Bangalore in early 2013. Currently, Spicejet is the only airline that operated flights from the Mysore Airport. The current runway length is close to 1900 meters. Funds have been sanctioned for the second upgradation of the airport which will include increasing the length of the Runway to 2500 meters, construction of Air Traffic Control as well as a Meteorological Department and Upgrading the current terminal. The current terminal has the capacity to accommodate close to 200 people which will increase after the upgrade. Also, the upgrade will result in the airport operating Boeing 737 and Airbus A 320 aircrafts.
Flights from Mysore Airport
The airliner has deployed Bombardier aircrafts on this route since the airport is not equipped to operate Boeing and Airbus aircrafts. The flights to Bangalore and Chennai operate everyday except Thursday. The flight leaves Bangalore at 12.20 PM and arrives in Mysore at 13:10 PM. The same flight then leaves Mysore at 13.30 PM and lands in Bangalore at 14.20 PM.
The flight to and from Chennai leaves Chennai at 10.40 AM and lands in Mysore at 13.10 PM. Similarly, the same flight leaves Mysore at 13.30 PM and lands in Chennai at 16.10 PM.
Address of the Airport:
NH 216, Mandakalli
Mysore, Karnataka 571311
Marase, Karnataka 571311
Phone: 0821 259 6802
The Mysore Airport is functioning rapidly as many other carriers have shown interest in operating flights from there. This just adds another option to your mode of transport to travel and making your travel a lot easier!