Thursday, August 18, 2022

Many countries ask Goa for permission to operate flights

This will happen after the new Greenfield airport at Mopa is commissioned


 Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that a number of countries wanted to sign agreements with the state to start flights here. All this would only happen after the new Greenfield airport at Mopa was commissioned. Goa’s Dabolim airport incidentally has agreements with only 18 countries, Sawant said in Assembly, reported PTI.

“There are many other countries which are waiting to sign an agreement with Goa. The state would be able to do it after the Mopa airport (in North Goa district) becomes operational,” the Chief Minister said.

After the Mopa airport starts functioning, the number of flights landing in Goa will go up to 150

The Mopa airport will be commissioned “anytime after August 15, 2022”, said the CM. He pointed out that only 70 flights were landing at the Dabolim Airport on a daily basis. No commercial flights are allowed from 9 am to 2 pm. That is because the Dabolim international airport operates as a civil enclave in a military airbase, INS Hansa.

After the Mopa airport starts functioning, the number of flights landing in Goa will go up to 150, the CM said. Sawant also said the state government had given a written assurance that the Dabolim airport would not be closed after the commissioning of the Mopa airport.



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