PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Mopa International Airport in Goa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Mopa International Airport in Goa, which has been named after former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. The new airport, which is about 35 km from capital city Panaji, can handle 44 lakh passengers annually. Its capacity can be raised to over 3 crore passengers per year after expansion plans in the future.

The new airport is capable of handling large aircraft such as the Airbus A380. It also has rapid exit taxiways and six cross taxiways for quicker aircraft movement. The Manohar International Airport, situated near Mopa village in North Goa, has been built at a cost of 2,870 crore rupees. The commercial flights from the new airport will start from January 5. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister said, the new airport will further boost tourism in Goa.

Mr Modi said, there has been an old demand that Goa needs a second airport as one airport is just not enough. With two airports in Goa, the state will turn into a cargo hub, he said. Prime Minister accused previous central governments of reluctance in investing in air connectivity. Before 2014, air travel was a luxury in India. Previous governments did not think that general class train passengers also want to travel by air, Mr Modi said.