With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to inaugurate the Mopa Worldwide Airport in Goa on Sunday, official sources mentioned the variety of operational airports within the nation has nearly doubled from 74 to over 140 since he took over in 2014.

The federal government plans to develop and operationalise practically 220 airports within the subsequent 5 years, in accordance sources quoted by PTI.

PM Modi has laid a robust emphasis on boosting connectivity and led this initiative from the entrance, inaugurating and laying the muse stone of assorted airports, the sources mentioned.

He had inaugurated greenfield Donyi Polo Airport at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh in November, Deoghar Airport in July. He had additionally laid the muse stone of the Noida Worldwide Airport in Jewar, Uttar Pradesh in November final yr and inaugurated Kushinagar Worldwide Airport, a well-known Buddhist website, in October final yr.

The Mopa Worldwide Airport’s basis stone was additionally laid by the prime minister in November 2016. This would be the second airport in Goa, the primary one being situated at Dabolim. The Mopa airport gives a number of upgrades over the one in Dabolim, officers mentioned.

The present passenger dealing with capability of the Dabolim airport is 8.5 MPPA (million passengers each year). 

With Mopa airport coming into operation, the entire passenger dealing with capability will grow to be round 13 MPPA, they mentioned.

Additionally, considering the complete enlargement capability, the airports in Goa have the potential to extend their capability from round 10.5 to 43.5 MPPA, the officers mentioned.

Whereas the Dabolim airport gives direct connections with 15 home and 6 worldwide areas, it’s going to now improve to 35 home and 18 worldwide areas with the brand new airport, they mentioned.

The Mopa airport has the availability for evening parking facility as properly, which was not obtainable at Dabolim airport. Furthermore, whereas there was no cargo terminal at Dabolim, the Mopa airport can have the power with a dealing with capability of 25,000 MT, the officers mentioned. 

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