Friday, December 29, 2017

Mysuru, Ballari off to a flying start

The airports in the state which recently started operations under the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) or the Regional Air Connectivity scheme has received a good response. Under the UDAN scheme, two airports — Mysuru and Vidyanagar (Ballari) — commenced operations in September.

The Mysuru airport, which was not operating commercial flights for the last few years, restarted its operations with the commencement of flights between Mysuru and Chennai in September. Trujet started operations on the route during Dasara festivities and as per the DGCA’s city-wise domestic traffic statistics during September, 597 passengers travelled from Chennai and 591 passengers boarded the flight from Mysuru. In October, 1,290 passengers travelled from Chennai and 1,382 passengers boarded the flight from Mysuru.

In November, there was a dip in the number of passengers who used the flight services as only 984 passengers travelled from Chennai and 993 passengers boarded the flight from Mysuru. On the Vidyanagar-Hyderabad route during October and November, a total of 2,068 and 1,587 passengers travelled via air. In March, the state government signed a MoU with the civil aviation ministry for the development of the proposed airports at Chikkamagaluru, Kushalnagar, Karwar, Harihar, Ammasandra, Koppal, Bengaluru, Ballari, Bidar, Ginigera (Hospet), Hassan, Jakkur, Kolar, Mysuru, Raichur, Shahbad, Vidyanagar, Yadgiri, Yelahanka . Three airports — Mysuru, Vidyanagar and Bidar airport — were selected in the first phase of bidding for the UDAAN scheme.

While Mysuru and Vidyanagar have started operations, authorities will have to get permission from the GMR-run Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad to operate to operate commercial flights from Bidar. As per DGCA statistics another new route (between Belgaum and Chennai), though not under the UDAAN scheme, has also got a good response as a total 3,161 passengers travelled on the route. The Belagavi airport was upgraded recently.
29/12/17 Bangalore Mirror