The international airport in Mopa in Goa will be inaugurated after December 8 depending on the schedule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told on Friday.
Speaking to reporters after inspecting the facility, the CM told it was 95 percent complete and the remaining work would be completed in the next 15 days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
“The date for commissioning of the airport will be decided depending on the availability of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tentatively, it would be inaugurated after December 8. The arrival and departure areas, baggage facility, etc are ready. The airport has also received the license for its aerodrome,” Sawant informed.
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An official of GMR, which would be running the airport, told only domestic flights would be operated immediately after the inauguration in December, while international services will take off and land from January 2023 onwards.
“The airport has the capacity to manage 4.4 million footfalls annually. This will be raised depending on demand. We have also installed a 25,000-ton Temperature Control Facility at the airport to handle pharma, fruits, floriculture, horticulture items, etc,” the official said.
Goa Dabolim airport
Earlier, General (Retd) VK Singh, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, told that the Central government has no plans to shut down the current airport in Goa.
The minister further emphasized that the Goa Dabolim airport will run concurrently with the state’s brand-new airport. VK Singh made the comments at the CANSO conference in Goa, which was organized by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
The Goa International Airport is an under-construction greenfield airport that is being made at Mopa in Pernem taluka of the North Goa district.
GMR Goa International Airport Limited is currently developing the airport with a cost amount of around Rs 3,000 crore.
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