The first test flight was flown at Goa’s Mopa International Greenfield Airport on Monday under the supervision of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials. The officials utilised an IndiGo aircraft for the purpose, which taxied down on the runway.
Mopa International Airport has been developed by GMR Airports Limited subsidiary GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL).
Recently, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the work of the new Mopa Greenfield International Airport will be completed by October 23 this year.
The airport has been developed by GMR Airports Limited subsidiary GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL). It is based on public private partnership (PPP) model, based on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis. This airport will be a full-service airport catering to both domestic and international passengers besides providing freight services.
“Today a commercial flight of Indigo Airlines A320 aircraft, which came from Mumbai onboard DGCA officials, successfully landed at Mopa Airport new runway.”Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Twitter.
The airport offers facilities like an integrated passenger terminal building, cargo terminal, emergency services, flight catering, vehicle parking, reserved services and aircraft fuelling infrastructure among others. Experts believe that the airport will bolster demand for second homes in the coastal state.
Savills India was quoted as saying by news agency ANI, “One of the reasons for the interest in Goa is that the state has made significant progress in the last couple of years.”
Before Mopa airport became functional, all national and international flights for Goa were handled at the Dabolim airport, which is also a naval base.
Only 70 flights land at the Dabolim airport daily since no flight landing is allowed between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. After the Mopa airport becomes functional, the number of flights landing in Goa is likely to go up to 150.
(With Inputs from Business Today)