The first passenger flight arrived at the Manohar International Airport
in Goa from Hyderabad on January fifth marking the commencement of operations
at the new facility in the coastal state.
The IndiGo flight from Hyderabad landed at 9 hours at the new airport
located at Mopa in North Goa district, airport officials said. Union Minister
Shripad Naik and Goa Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte were present to welcome the
passengers at the terminal building of the airport.
With Mopa, Goa has got another international airport which is located 50
km apart from the south Goa-based Dabolim facility, operated as a civil enclave
in the Indian Navy's air station INS Hansa.
The first phase of the Rs 2,870 crore Mopa airport project will cater to
around 44 lakh passengers per annum, which can be expanded to a saturation
capacity of 33 MPPA, an official earlier said.
The airport has been
built on the theme of sustainable infrastructure and has a solar
power plant, green buildings, LED lights on the runway, rainwater harvesting,
state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant with recycling facilities, among other