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http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3382415.ece
 
04 May 2012

Mysore: A stakeholders' meeting on Thursday on resumption of commercial flights from Mysore was inconclusive, though the authorities expressed confidence of a “breakthrough” in a fortnight.

It was part of the ongoing process to restart commercial flight operations from Mysore airport following suspension of Kingfisher's daily service more than six months ago.

Members of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mysore chapter, representatives of the Airport Authority of India (AAI), and a representative of Jet Airways were present. CII representative Biswajit Mitra made a presentation on the potential of Mysore and pointed out that nearly 20,000 passengers, most of them tourists, patronised the service when it was in vogue for a year.

Kingfisher offered a no-frills flight connecting Mysore and Chennai via Bangalore.

For many passengers, it provided connectivity to other cities from Bangalore. However, the timing of the flight, which used to depart from Mysore at 1.10 p.m., was perceived to be odd and was not welcomed by industrialists.

The CII has suggested introduction of three early morning flights (between 5.15 a.m. and 5.50 a.m.) from Mysore to reach Bangalore by 6.15 a.m.

This, according to the CII, would help passengers get more connecting flights to Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

Later, U. Harish Shenoy, General Manager, (Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh), Jet Airways, told presspersons: “I have heard the suggestions of stakeholders and will come back to them soon.”

Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad, said: “No concrete decision has been taken. Wait for another 15 days”.

Mr. Mitra also exuded confidence of a breakthrough in a fortnight.