Domestic carrier Go First on Friday stated it will operate 42 non-stop flights per week, connecting Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru from the new international airport at Mopa in North Goa.
The airline’s operations from the existing airport at Dabolim in the Southern part of the state will also continue, Go First told in a report. The Wadia Group airline currently operates 65 non-stop weekly flights to and from Dabolim airport to key destinations in the country.
Goa International Airport
Developed by GMR Airports Ltd through its subsidiary GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL) on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis, the state’s 2nd airport is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday 11th December 2022.
At present, only 70 flights land at the Dabolim airport, which is a civil enclave, daily. No landing is permitted from 9 am to 2 pm at the facility. “As we expand our network in leisure destinations, Goa is an extremely important destination for us,” Kaushik Khona, Chief Executive Officer at Go First, stated.
Go First stated
The Go First airline stated it will operate its maiden flight to the new airport on the same day (January 5) at 8.50 am from Bengaluru, which will be followed by other flights.
Further, the Mumbai-based airline stated that it will continue its operations from the existing Goa international airport, this new station is a move toward bolstering domestic connectivity to cater to the raised demand for leisure destinations. Go First Airlines has been on a development trajectory in current times by initiating new domestic and international routes.
The new international airport is being constructed in 4 phases with an annual travelers capacity of 4.4 million in Phase I, which will be scaled up to 5.8 million in Phase II.
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The Phase-III capacity has been pegged at 9.4 million passengers per annum and once Phase IV is also completed, the total capacity will reach 13.1 million passengers per annum.
In November 2016, GMR Airports Ltd (GAL), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure, signed a concession deal with the Goa government to develop and operate the greenfield international airport project at Mopa.
Aviation safety regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had in late October granted an aerodrome license to the new facility paving the way for beginning commercial flight operations from there.
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