Mysuru, June 2: With the much needed air connectivity between Mysuru and Bengaluru being restored under the UDAN scheme, the stakeholders now, in the travel and tourism industry, have sought connectivity to Kochi and Goa at the earliest for boosting tourist footfall.
Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, has come forward to operate the 70-seater flights between Mysuru and Bengaluru five days a week from June 7. There will be no services on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Bengaluru is the second city after Chennai being airlinked with Mysuru under ‘Ude Desh Ka Nagrik’ (UDAN), a regional connectivity scheme. Already a private airliner, Trujet has been operating flights to Chennai from Mysuru under the scheme since last year and the response to the services is said to be encouraging.
Five cities, including Bengaluru, have been included under UDAN scheme from Mysuru. The other four cities are Belagavi, Goa, Kochi and Hyderabad. Alliance Air was operating flights between Bengaluru and Mysuru a few years ago but the services were stopped for some reasons. Now, the UDAN scheme has restored the services.
Special flights had been operated during Dasara as a tourism promotion drive. Now, with the re-launch of commercial flight operations between the two cities, the stakeholders here are hoping to see an increase in tourist footfall, especially of international travellers. (UNI)