Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Leaving Goa? Soon, drown your sorrow with soro at airport

Panaji: Tourists looking to lift up their ‘spirits’ at the end of a holiday in Goa may soon be able to satiate their thirst with Airport Authority of India (AAI) confirming plans to serve alcohol at Goa International Airport. Officials on Tuesday confirmed that permission had been sought for two outlets to serve alcohol within the airport terminal.

Airport director Bhupesh Negi said the move was part of an effort to revamp the passenger experience at Goa’s lone airport by bringing it on par with international standards.

“Five food stalls have been launched already and by December-end all the food and beverage outlets will be operational,” Negi said. “Low cost food for taxi operators and airline staff members will also be opened outside the airport terminal.”

AAI will receive Rs 4 crore per month as the concession fee from the travel, food and retail company that has been awarded the contract for revamping the dining facilities at the airport.

“An application to serve alcohol has been made to the local excise department. AAI will go as per the local regulations of the state, which will decide what kind of excise licence can be given to an airport,” executive director, commercial, at AAI headquarters, K L Sharma said.
28/11/18 Newton Sequeira/Times of India