No-frills carrier IndiGo said on Thursday, December 8 that it would operate 168 weekly flights to eight domestic destinations from the New Goa International Airport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the second international airport in the state on December 11. The airport will commence commercial operations on January 5 next year.
The present airport at Dabolim in South Goa will remain active, and IndiGo will continue its existing operations there. Located about 35 km from Goa’s capital Panjim, the newly built is situated in Mopa village in North Goa, at a well-connected location for travellers to commute. Tourists can reach the airport by taxi services, railway and bus services.
Twelve daily and a total of 168 weekly, new flights to and from the New Goa International Airport at Mopa in North Goa from January 5 will be IndiGo’s largest ever-new station launch and will immediately connect the new facility to eight cities across India.
The budget carrier will operate 168 weekly flights and will connect major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and Jaipur. Besides improving direct connectivity to the state, the launch of the new flight services is also aimed at catering to the increasing demand.
This will be IndiGo’s largest-ever new station launch and will immediately connect New Goa International Airport to 8 cities across India. These new flights are being introduced to cater to the increasing demand and will improve direct connectivity to North Goa.
Residents of Goa will also be able to utilise these new services to fly directly to many large cities across India and further connect to over 100 destinations on the carrier’s network.
“We are very excited to announce our largest ever new station launch with new direct connections from the New Goa International Airport in Mopa, North Goa. It’s momentous for us at IndiGo to have such a massive opening, and it speaks of our ambition and ability to provide connectivity to our customers and the nation in the best possible way.”Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo
The foundation stone for Goa’s latest airport was laid in 2016, and it has been constructed for INR 30 billion. India’s aviation regulator, the DGCA, conducted the first test flight in September when an IndiGo A320 landed from Mumbai.
The airport was conceived in the 1990s but took all these years to become a reality. At present, the Dabolim airport handles all domestic and international flights to and from Goa and is operated by the Airports Authority of India as a civil enclave in an Indian Navy naval airbase.