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Tourism stakeholders are likely to demand authorities of Mysuru Airport bring Goa and Chennai under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS), which provides concessions to air operators that will benefit the passengers travelling between the destinations, at the airport advisory committee meeting.

Currently, Mysuru Airport at Mandakalli operates flights on three routes – Goa, Chennai, and Hyderabad but only the Hyderabad route is under the RCS-Udan scheme, which not only reduces the flight charges but helps in increasing the connectivity.
It has been over six months since both Goa and Chennai have been counted out of the RCS scheme and it has its own impact as flight operation has been reduced and ticketing booking cost has gone up on these routes.

The Udan scheme launched in 2017 aimed at promoting regional connectivity by making flying affordable for the common citizens of the country. It also encouraged operators to operate flights on regional routes by extending incentives.

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The Airport Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for August 25. A member of the committee claimed that despite the passenger traffic being high on the Goa route, flight operation has been brought down to three days a week from six days and sometimes flight operations were cancelled and passengers were informed only one day prior to it. This inconvenienced travellers.With Dasara around the corner, the tourism stakeholders want the authorities to increase the frequency of the flights between different destinations to attract tourists to the city during the ten-day festival. If the destinations are brought under the scheme, the flight fares would be less, they claimed.

Mysuru Airport director JR Anoop confirmed to TOI that of the three routes, only the Hyderabad route is under the regional connectivity scheme and the other two – Goa and Chennai are not under it. To a query, the director disclosed that the passenger traffic is average 400, both including inbound and outbound, in Mysuru.

  • Published On Aug 25, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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