In a complete reversal from its earlier stand, the Congress on Tuesday said the proposal for the new international airport at Mopa can wait, as the current facility at Dabolim is adequate enough for the next 70-80 years.
Goa accounts for 90 percent of the total chartered tourist traffic in India, even as the country is emerging as the fastest civil aviation market in the world, Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh said here Tuesday.
Goa`s lone airport is heading for an
annual maintenance closure for three days during the day time
from April 5 onwards, forcing airline companies to reschedule
their flights for this coastal destination.
In a gracious gesture, the Indian Navy, which operates Goa`s only airport, has cut its military sorties to allow the landing of five civilian aircrafts since Wednesday, said a Navy press statement here Thursday.
Government Thursday approved the
setting up of a greenfield international airport in Mopa area
of Goa through private participation and decided not to close
down commercial operations at the existing Dabolim airport.