Flight operations at Goa's Manohar International Airport in Mopa BEGINS: WATCH Indigo plane land

The first domestic flight operated by IndiGo airline landed at the newly-inaugurated Manohar International Airport in Mopa, Goa.

Flight operations at Goa's Manohar International Airport in Mopa BEGINS: WATCH Indigo plane land

Goa's Mopa airport, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December last year, has begun its domestic flight operations from today onwards. Named 'Manohar International Airport', as a mark of tribute to Late Manohar Parrikar, former Defence Minister and four-time Goa Chief Minister, the airport is situated in North Goa. IndiGo Airlines flight from Hyderabad was the first to touch down at North Goa's newly opened Manohar International Airport (MIA) on January 5, an airport official announced on Monday.

According to an MIA official, IndiGo aircraft 6E 6145 from Hyderabad would touch down at the facility at 9 am on Thursday. He stated that domestic operations would begin on Thursday and that international flights would likely follow shortly after. Alongside, Akasa Airlines and Vistara are looking for ground staff for the new airport.

First flight lands at Mopa Airport, Goa

"The Airport has been named after Late Manohar Parrikar, former Chief Minister and Ex-Raksha Mantri of Union of India in recognition of his contribution to building modern Goa," the release added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the greenfield airport at Mopa last month.

The Mopa International Airport is built with the idea of sustainable infrastructure in mind. It has a solar power plant, green buildings, LED runway lighting, rainwater collection, and a state-of-the-art sewage treatment system with recycling capabilities, among other such amenities.

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It has a variety of best-in-class technology, such as StabilRoad, Robomatic Hollow precast walls, and 3-D Monolithic Precast buildings, as well as IT infrastructure that is 5G capable. The airport features, among other things, a runway big enough to handle the biggest aircraft in the world, 14 parking places, a place for aircraft night parking, self-baggage drop facilities, and cutting-edge independent air navigation equipment.

With inputs from agencies.

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