The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), which will officially launch the luxury ‘Flybus’ connecting Mysore and Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) on August 14, is already seeing good response for the service.
According to senior officials, a total of 20 bookings (and counting) have already been made in two days for the service, divided equally between the service from Mysore to BIA and vice-versa.
“Ten seats have been reserved in buses coming from Mysore to BIA, while 10 have been booked from BIA to Mysore,” a senior official said.
The service, which will connect Mysore and BIA twice a day, will cost the passenger
Rs 990, which the Corporation has claimed will be a lot cheaper than other means of ‘luxury’ travel between the two destinations.
Noting that many passengers are forced to hire a cab, which is priced between Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000, an official said Flybus will be a more affordable option.
“At the same time, they are not compromising on comfort,” he added. Initially, the pricing was to be a little over Rs 1,000, but the Corporation has decided that the tickets will cost only Rs 990 now.
The multi-axle Volvo buses will be tracked using GPS and equipped with a chemical toilet at the rear, a pantry and seats fitted with television screens with more than 70 live stream channels. Each bus will have 41 seats. It will also facilitate video on demand using WiFi services and display real-time flight arrival and departure information on LED boards.
The two buses from BIA will depart at 9.45 am and 9.45 pm, while buses from Mysore to BIA will depart at 2 pm and 2 am, reaching BIA at 6 pm and 5.45 am, respectively.
KSRTC to continue AP operations
The KSRTC, which has resumed its operations to Andhra Pradesh, is hoping the situation remains conducive going forward.
Sources said that the Corporation had seen a revenue loss of Rs 40 lakh per day, when services to AP were suspended. “Over all, we have lost more than Rs 2 crore,” he said.