Mysuru, June 7: The long-awaited air connectivity between Mysuru and Bengaluru was realised as flight service between the two cities was launched on Friday under the UDAN scheme.
Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, is operating a flight offering 70 seats five days a week. There will be no service on Tuesdays and Thursdays. District incharge minister G T Deve Gowda flagged off the first flight at Mandakali Airport.
Tourism minister Sa Ra Mahesh and Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha were also present on the occasion. Simha said in future there would be more flight services from the city to Kochi, Goa, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
Bengaluru is the second city after Chennai to be linked with Mysuru by air under the regional connectivity scheme named ‘Ude Desh Ka Nagrik’ (UDAN). Trujet has been operating flights from Chennai to Mysuru under the scheme since last year, and the response to the service is said to be encouraging.
Five cities, including Bengaluru, had been included under UDAN flights from Mysuru. The other four cities are Belagavi, Goa, Kochi and Hyderabad.