The first test flight took place on Monday at the Goa Mopa Greenfield International Airport under the supervision of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials. For this, the officials used an IndiGo plane taxiing on the runway.
Goa will soon get a new airport. The 1st test landing of the flight took place today at the Mopa International Airport in Goa.
— Sahil Joshi
The airport was developed by GMR Airports Limited’s subsidiary GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL). It is based on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) public-private partnership (PPP) model. This airport will be a full-service airport that will handle both domestic and international passengers in addition to cargo.
The airport offers facilities such as an integrated passenger terminal building, cargo terminal, emergency services, in-flight catering, vehicle parking, dedicated services and aircraft refueling infrastructure.
Experts believe the airport will boost demand for second homes in the coastal state. Savills India was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “One of the reasons for the interest in Goa is that the state has made significant progress in the last few years.”
Before Mopa Airport became operational, all domestic and international flights to Goa were handled at Dabolim Airport, which is also a naval base. Only 70 flights land at Dabolim Airport per day as no landings are allowed between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. After the Mopa airport becomes operational, the number of flights landing in Goa is likely to increase to 150.