MYSORE: Stakeholders of Mysore airport will meet Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in Bangalore on January 15 in a bid to expedite flight operations from the city.Members of the coordination committee will meet the Chief Minister and representatives from airline operators and impress upon them about the passenger traffic potential and financial viability of operating flights to Mysore.
The coordination committee of stakeholders was constituted recently as the inauguration of the modernised airport, which was completed on September 15 by the Airports Authority of India, continues to languish in the absence of commercial flight operations.“We are striving to ensure the presence of Vijay Mallya, Chairman of Kingfisher Airlines, and apprise him of the importance of flight operations to Mysore,” Lakshman, member of the coordination committee of stakeholders, said.
In addition, there will be representation from the Ministry of Tourism to brief about the tourism potential and the traffic potential for airline industry.The committee will also impress upon the State Government to fulfil the demands of private airlines to reduce the sales tax on aviation turbine fuel which is reckoned to be the highest in the country. “The Government should provide some concessions at least during the initial stages to encourage private players to commence operations,” stakeholders here said.
Meanwhile, the committee members will generate statistics related to air traffic potential from Mysore based on frequent travels by the corporate and industrial representatives, while travel operators will provide them additional data on the number of people travelling by air to and from Mysore based on the sale of tickets.