The Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi did the curtains opening of the new international airport at Mopa in Goa on Sunday, 11th December 2022. The international Airport is baptised as Manohar International Airport (MIA) after the name of the State’s former Chief Minister and the former Minister of Defence of the Government of India, Mr Manohar Parrikar. The Airport is all set to begin its working from the 5th of January in the year 2023.

Concerning the Opening of the new international airport, the Chief Minister of Goa said that the state had only one international airport at Dabolim in Vasco which has a tendency to operate a crowd of 85 lakh passengers every year and each day 70 make their landing on the Dabolim Airport. However, although being the International Airport, it lacks the Cargo Shipment Facility.

About the New Manohar International Airport.  

The Manohar International Airport is constructed on a 231,200 Square meter land in Mopa are of Pernem district situated in North Goa by Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao’s (GMR) infractructures Group special purpose vehicle Goa International Airport at the amount of 2,870 Cr.The Airport being the State’s second Airport which is expected to manage more number of passengers than before.

According to the reports the airport is set to have a capacity to handle around 4.4 million passengers per year in the first phase after the  launch whereas it is estimated that the capacity will increased  to 1 crore passengers once the airport is completely ready . The Manohar International Airport is all set to have the air traffic of 20 percent international flights and 80 percent of national flights.

  According to the airport executives the Goa’s new international airport is anticipated to provide rest to the passengers with a four-hour closure from the high cost of flights from and to Goa each day.

The Chief Executive Officer of of the GMR Groups of the Goa International airport Mr RV Sheshan said that according to the market survey conducted by the group states that it is necessary to build up double the number of the connections with the airline industries to add about 17-20 new places than that of the Dabolim Airport.

The IndiGo airlines declared the air transport about 168 new airplanes per week on MIA from January 5th 2023 and Go First also declared 42 flights from Goa’s Greenfield Airport.

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