Mysuru, Nov 15: TruJet Airlines started another daily flight between Mysuru and Chennai which was flagged by MP Pratap Simha here on Friday.
A series of flights that operate from Mysore Airport under the Centre’s Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik (UDAN) scheme to Kochi, Bengaluru, Goa, Hyderabad and Chennai has inspired more flights to operate from the Heritage City.
The ATR 72 aircraft would be put into service considering an increased demand from passengers for another plane to fly between Mysuru and Chennai in the morning. As of now, there was only one flight to Chennai in the evening.
The new morning flight to Chennai would not come under UDAN scheme and would not take any subsidy from the Government. Online bookings for the flight have begun.
Now, there were six flights from Mysore Airport to Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Goa, Chennai and Kochi by TruJet, Alliance Air and Indigo Airline. With the new flight added to Chennai, the Mysore Airport would operate seven flights.
UDAN bolsters regional connectivity under 'Connecting India' and for Mysuru, it has provided a new lease of life to the Airport at Mandakalli. Many flights were operating from Mysuru thanks to the consistent efforts of Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha.
The occupancy rate of the flights of both incoming and outgoing was going up every day and was touching as much as 75 to 85 per cent, triggering a new interest among airlines keen to operate from Mysuru,sources said.
TruJet has evinced keen interest in operating daily flights to Belagavi from Mysuru and Indigo has expressed interest in operating flights to spiritual destination Shirdi via Bengaluru. Indigo wants to target passengers from Mysuru and Bengaluru who visit Shirdi. This service is likely to begin in November end.
Also, TruJet flight to Belagavi is targeted at businessmen and this flight is likely to be operated from the second week of December, sources added. This will be a boon to industrialists as they can take connecting flights to different destinations from Belagavi.
But, Mysuru-Bengaluru flight has seen an occupancy rate of just 35 to 40 per cent. This is because, travellers prefer car, bus and train to reach Bengaluru considering the travel time and traffic bottlenecks from Mysuru to Mysore Airport and then from Bengaluru Airport to Bengaluru city. (UNI)