Friday, January 22, 2021

Passenger traffic soars at Mysuru airport in December, January

Mysuru: Mandakalli Airport in Mysuru is emerging as a vital node connecting southern India with domestic air passenger traffic spiralling upward since November.

Monthly passenger traffic at the airport has gone up by 160% in December and the first half of January. Traffic soared high with single day 600-mark on January 17. Number of inbound passengers stood higher than outbound passengers. In the last eight months since May 2020, about 20,202 people have travelled from Mysuru to Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Belagavi, Goa, Cochin and Mangaluru. The inbound traffic figure is just over 19,000. In all, 39,000 passengers have travelled via Mysuru Airport.

According to airport authorities, Mysuru Airport, located at Mandakalli village, some 15kms away from Mysuru city on National Highway 766, is emerging as a hub connecting several places in Karnataka, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa. Even as numbers have begun to soar high, airport authorities say they are determined to improve services and cater to air passengers.

R Manjunath, director of Airport Authority of India, Mysuru, told TOI that footfall has increased significantly in December compared to November. The highest traffic in single day in the recent past was on January 17, Sunday. About 609 travelled in the day — 326 inbound passengers and 283 outbound passengers.

22/01/21 Lawrence Milton/Times of India

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