Monday, August 28, 2023

IndiGo to start Goa Abu Dhabi flights from Mopa airport

Panaji: IndiGo has started direct flights thrice a week to Abu Dhabi from Manohar International Airport, Mopa with the first flight slated for take off on Saturday.

Chief executive officer of GMR Goa International Airport Ltd RV Sheshan made the announcement and said that direct flights between the middle east and Goa will spur further economic growth.

The inaugural Indigo flight to Abu Dhabi from Mopa is scheduled for Saturday at midnight and arrives at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 2:15am with the return IndiGo flight taking off at 3:15am and landing at Mopa at 8:10am.

“This remarkable service is set to operate three times a week, on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday,” said Sheshan. “Our excitement knows no bounds as we introduce Abu Dhabi as a prominent destination in our ever-expanding international network. This direct flight offers not only increased tourist accessibility from the UAE to Goa but also facilitates travel from the Konkan region to the UAE and beyond.”

The Manohar International Airport commenced operations on January 5 and within seven months the private airport has launched international flights. The first international destination to connect with Mopa is to UK with Air India shifting its London Goa flight to Mopa from Goa International Airport, Dabolim.

At present, Air India, Oman Air, and Qatar Airways, among others, operate international flights from Goa International Airport, Dabolim.

28/08/2023 Newton Sequeira/Times of India

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