Goa’s second airport has received the statutory
clearance to commence flight operations. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has issued the
aerodrome license to Goa’s Mopa airport to enable it to commence flight
An Indi Go A-320
aircraft from Mumbai has flown to the Mopa airport earlier this week as part of
the mandatory navigation system testing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate
the green field airport some time next month.
Mopa airport will
help double the number of commercial flights to Goa and boost tourism. GMR Goa
International Airport Limited, a subsidiary of GMR Airports Limited, has
developed the green field airport at Mopa under a public-private partnership
model on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis.
The Airport is being constructed in four phases. After the inauguration of the first phase, Mopa
airport will be able to handle 4.4 million passengers annually. This is
expected to increase to 13.1 million by the completion of the fifth phase.