A look at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) recently approved winter schedule for 2012-13 shows that barring Mangalore and Hubli, none of the state’s tier-II cities figure on the list of sectors where domestic airlines will operate during the winter.
In the DGCA-approved winter schedule for 2012-13—which will become effective from October 28—of the eight scheduled domestic carriers in the country, four airlines (Jet Airways, Air India, Jetlite and Spice Jet) will operate in the Mangalore sector.
In the Hubli sector, only Spice Jet is listed and the airline is scheduled to operate two flights every day to Bangalore and Hyderabad. According to the DGCA schedule, the Mysore and Belgaum sectors will not be operating any commercial flights.
Aviation experts say that the reason for these sectors not operating any flights is due to Kingfisher Airlines not figuring in the DGCA-approved schedule. Flight services from Mysore and Belgaum sectors ceased after Kingfisher Airlines suspended its Bangalore-Mysore and Belgaum-Mumbai routes last year.