Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air has launched a direct service from Kalaburagi in north Karnataka to Bengaluru and Mysuru in the state’s southern region, an official said on Friday.
“The daily service between Kalaburagi and Mysuru via Bengaluru will be operated under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) of the central government called Udan (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik),” said the official in the statement in Bengaluru.
The airport was built by the state-run Airport Authority of India (AAI) in partnership with the state government, it began operations on November 22, over a decade after its foundation was laid on June 14, 2008.
The regional airport has enabled direct air connectivity between the state capital (Bengaluru) and the city of palaces (Mysuru) with Kalaburagi.
The airport is spread over 567 acres of farmlands near Srinivas Sardagi. The airport with a 3.25 km long runway is the second longest in the state after the international airport at Devanahalli in north Bengaluru.
The 3-hour flight will reduce the travel duration as compared to 12-15 hours between Kalaburagi and Mysuru via Bengaluru by train or bus. The 70-seater feeder airline operates a turbo-prop aircraft on the route.
“From Sufi city to the city of palaces, Alliance Air has connected Kalaburagi with Bengaluru and Mysuru under Udan-RCS with daily flights,” tweeted the Civil Aviation Ministry.
The flight’s departure time from Mysuru is 8.30 am and arrival at Bengaluru is 9.10 am while departing from here at 9.50 am and landing in Kalaburagi at 11.25 am.
The return flight from Kalaburagi is scheduled at 11.50 am while 1.30 pm is the arrival at Bengaluru and then departing at 2 pm while landing back in Mysuru at 2.50 pm.