Friday, February 16, 2018

Enough demand for two airports in Goa: AAI chief

Panaji: The Airport Authority today said there is enough demand for two airports to co-exist and grow in the tiny Goa.

The tourist state is building a greenfield international airport at Mopa in the north which is scheduled for commissioning by 2020. The state has an airport at Dabolim now which is primarily a Navy facility.

Chief minister Manohar Parikkar had earlier said the present faciliyt would continue to handle civilian flights even after the new facility is commissioned.

"Goa has only one airport but the way air traffic growth is taking place, we can see that both the airports can grow and exist," Guruprasad Mahapatra, AAI chairman told reporters at Vasco today while inaugurating the airport operations control centre facility.

"There are always take-off (teething) issues when a new airport comes up, but those are gradually taken care of. I strongly feel that both the airports should continue to grow," he said.

India is seventh largest aviation market globally at present, and is expected to be the third largest by 2025, after the US and China.
16/02/18 PTI/India Today