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Civil Aviation Minister seeks speedy land acquisition for Mysuru Airport expansion

Monday, August 30, 2021

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has written a letter to Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai for his personal intervention in speeding up the projects including Mysore Airport, Belagavi, Shivamogga and Vijayapura.

Mysuru Airport has a single runway of 1,740 metres in length which is only suitable for ATR planes providing short-haul flight operations. The length of the runway need to be increased to 2,750 metres and 45 metres width to allows jet aircraft such as Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 to land. AAI has projected a land requirement of 240 acres to expand the runway and construct other allied infrastructure. But the land is yet to be acquired and handed over to AAI by the State Government, Scindia’s letter mentioned. KIADB has already given final notification for acquisition of 160 acres.

Scindia’s letter comes at a time when there is a constant demand for runway expansion from industrialists, hotel owners and educational institutions to facilitate the landing of bigger planes.

The Mysore Airport is fully operational now with many to and fro flights to a couple of popular destinations and even the routes have seen traction with more than 70 percent occupancy.

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