Goa’s new international airport, the Manohar Parrikar International Airport (Mopa Airport), is set to start operations on 21 July 2023. Air India is the first carrier to fly internationally from the Manohar International Airport, Goa.
The airport is located in Mopa, about 35 kilometers from Panaji, the capital of Goa. The airport will initially operate three weekly flights to London Gatwick, with Air India being the first carrier to operate international flights from the airport.
The airport has a capacity to handle 4.4 million passengers per year in its first phase, and can be expanded to handle up to 13.1 million passengers per year in its final phase.
The airport is designed to be sustainable, with features such as a solar power plant, rainwater harvesting, and a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant.
The airport is also expected to boost tourism in Goa, which is already a popular tourist destination.
The construction of the airport began in 2009, but was delayed due to a number of factors, including a Supreme Court order that impeded work on site, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the airport was finally completed in 2022, and is now ready to start operations.
The launch of the Mopa Airport is a major boost for Goa’s tourism industry. The airport is expected to attract more tourists to the state, and will also help to improve connectivity between Goa and other parts of the world.
In addition to the three weekly flights to London Gatwick, Air India is also planning to operate flights to other international destinations from the Mopa Airport. These destinations include Dubai, Singapore, and Mumbai.
The launch of the Mopa Airport is a significant event for Goa, and is expected to have a positive impact on the state’s economy and tourism industry.
Additional details about the Mopa Airport
- The airport has a single runway that is 3,500 meters long and 45 meters wide.
- The airport has a terminal building that can accommodate up to 2,000 passengers at a time.
- The airport has a car parking facility that can accommodate up to 1,500 cars.
- The airport is connected to the national highway by a four-lane expressway.
The launch of the Mopa Airport is a major milestone for Goa, and is expected to have a positive impact on the state’s economy and tourism industry.