PM Modi to inaugurate Mopa international airport in Goa today
Panaji: Mopa will be the second airport in Goa, the first one being located at Dabolim. The Mopa airport will have a facility with a handling capacity of 25,000 MT.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Mopa International Airport during his visit to Goa on Sunday.
It will be the second airport in the state after the one at Dabolim. The new airport will increase the passenger handling capacity from 8.5 MPPA (million passengers per annum) to 13 MPPA in the state the government said in an official statement.
“The current passenger handling capacity of Dabolim airport is 8.5 MPPA. With Mopa airport coming into operation, the total passenger handling capacity will become around 13 MPPA. Also, taking into account the full expansion capacity, the airports in Goa have the potential to increase from around 10.5 to 43.5 MPPA,” the statement read.
The Dabolim airport offered routes to 15 domestic and six international locations. The Mopa airport will raise domestic routes to 35 and international routes to 18, the government said. It said the Mopa airport also adds a few other upgrades over the Dabolim airport.
“While there was no night parking facility at Dabolim airport, Mopa airport has provision for night parking facility as well. Moreover, while there was no cargo terminal at Dabolim, the Mopa airport will have the facility with a handling capacity of 25,000 MT,” the statement said.
Number of operational airports in country rise to 140 from 74 since 2014: Officials
The number of operational airports in the country has almost doubled from 74 to over 140 since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over in 2014, officials said.
The government plans to develop and operationalise 220 airports in the next five years, they said.
Modi has laid a strong emphasis on boosting connectivity and led this initiative from the front, inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of various airports, the sources said.
He had inaugurated greenfield Donyi Polo Airport at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh in November, Deoghar Airport in July, laid the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport in Jewar, Uttar Pradesh in November last year and inaugurated Kushinagar International Airport, a famous Buddhist site, in October last year.
The Mopa International Airport’s foundation stone was also laid by the prime minister in November 2016. This will be the second airport in Goa, the first one being located at Dabolim. The Mopa airport offers several upgrades over the one in Dabolim, officials said.
The current passenger handling capacity of the Dabolim airport is 8.5 MPPA (million passengers per annum). With Mopa airport coming into operation, the total passenger handling capacity will become around 13 MPPA, they said.
Also, taking into account the full expansion capacity, the airports in Goa have the potential to increase their capacity from around 10.5 to 43.5 MPPA, the officials said.