Mysore, May 15 (KK&KMC) - Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa formally inaugurated the Airport at Mandakalli at 2.10 pm today in lieu of Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, who was scheduled to do the honours.

Praful Patel, who had reached Mangalore yesterday to inaugurate the new airport there, had to rush back to Delhi last night owing to unforeseen circumstances.

Yeddyurappa landed at the Mysore airport in a special aircraft from Mangalore, where he had inaugurated the new airport earlier in the day. The CM, accompanied by Ministers and leaders, were greeted by District In-Charge Minister S. Suresh Kumar, along with MLAs S. A. Ramdas, Tanveer Sait, MLC Siddaraju, Central Drought Relief Committee Chairman C.N. Manjegowda and others.

Mayor Sandesh Swamy, Opposition Leader Siddharamaiah, MPs H. Viswanath and R. Dhruvanarayan, MLAs H.S. Mahadevprasad and M. Sathyanarayana, MLCs Thontadarya and Prof. K.R. Mallikarjunappa and others were on the dais. Yeddyurappa inaugurated the airport by pressing a remote button from the dais to unveil the nameboard.

About the airport

The Mandakalli airport is built at a cost of Rs. 82 crore under the first phase, enabling the landing and takeoff of ATR-72 type aircraft. In the second phase, the airport will be upgraded to accommodate Boeing 737 or A-320 sized passenger crafts.

The Terminal Building, a steel and fibre glass structure of world-class standard measures 3250 sq.mts. floor area, with a lounge capacity of 150 passengers at a time.

The terminal is centrally air-conditioned with various facilities. The airport parking lot can hold upto 150 cars.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore