Mysore airport, which is also known as Mandakalli airport, serves the city of Mysore. The city of Mysore is also called as the ‘cultural capital of Karnataka’. The Mysore airport was built in 1948 but was not operational post 1980’s, till Kingfisher airlines started operations on October 1, 2010. Due to a company crisis, Kingfishers stopped all operations from October 2011 onward. The newly upgraded airport lay unused for 14 months until Spice Jet began flights to Chennai on January 14, 2013. It is a domestic airport and located at a distance of 12 km from the city.
Spreading on an area of 661 acres, the airport at Mysore has limited number of flight from Bangalore and Chennai. The runway at the airport measures 1,858 m (6,098 ft). The state government has sanctioned funds to upgrade the runway length to anywhere between 2,400 m (7, 870 ft) to 2,600 m (8,530 ft). The government has also given an affirmative nod for the development of the second phase which will include upgradation of the airport with an apron, setting up of air traffic control, meteorological department and upgrading the terminal. At present, ground lighting facilities are not available at the Mysore airport.
There is only one domestic terminal at the airport which has the capacity to handle 200 passengers during peak hours. The terminal is well equipped with all the required amenities like baggage services, free trolleys, book stall, medicine store, juice and snacks corner, magazine stalls and provision of duty free shopping. Also, wheel chair assistance is available for the aged as well as physically challenged passengers.
Mysore is the most popular city in Karnataka after Bangalore and large number of tourist come here to visit the famous Mysore palace, heritage of Tipu Sultan at Srirangapanta, Brindavan garden and numerous other popular attractions.
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