The primary passenger flight arrived on the Manohar Worldwide Airport in Goa from Hyderabad on Thursday morning, marking the graduation of operations on the new facility within the coastal state.
The IndiGo flight carrying 179 passengers was given a water canon salute when it landed at 9 am on the new airport situated at Mopa in North Goa district, 35 km from the capital Panaji. Among the passengers expressed happiness on the grand welcome and mentioned they’d an incredible expertise.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant mentioned this “dream come true” for Goa and a “huge achievement” for the state and the Centre. The passengers have been completely satisfied and appreciated the providers provided on the new airport, he mentioned.
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Union Minister Shripad Naik, the parliamentarian from North Goa, Rajya Sabha member Vinay Tendulkar, CM Sawant, state Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte, Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho, BJP state chief Sadanand Shet Tanavade and the airline officers welcomed the passengers on the terminal constructing of the airport.
Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation V Okay Singh nearly participated within the occasion. There was additionally a dwell band efficiency exterior the airport to welcome the passengers.
One other passenger flight of IndiGo additionally left for Hyderabad, making it the primary flight to depart from the brand new airport, sources mentioned. The dignitaries handed over the boarding passes to the passengers of that flight.
A pair who arrived from Hyderabad on the primary flight mentioned, “The expertise was excellent. We’re very glad to be part of the celebration right here.” One other couple from the identical flight expressed happiness on the grand welcome and the water canon salute given to the plane after touchdown on the airport.
“It was wonderful. Coincidently, it’s also my husband’s birthday,” mentioned the lady passenger.
Goa-based oncologist Dr. Shekhar Salkar, who was among the many passengers to depart for Delhi from the airport on the primary day of its operations, advised PTI, “It’s a memorable and lifelong expertise.” CM Sawant in a media assertion after the operate mentioned, “With this, Goa’s dream has come true. The passengers have been completely satisfied and appreciated the providers provided on the new airport.” He mentioned the airport will strengthen Goa’s capabilities for tourism, commerce, and enterprise.
“It is a huge achievement for the state and the central authorities. Goa has two airports from as we speak onwards,” the chief minister advised reporters exterior the airport. Khaunte mentioned the brand new airport will present impetus to the tourism progress within the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the primary part of the brand new airport on December 11, 2022. The airport has been named after the late Manohar Parrikar, the previous protection minister who had additionally served because the chief minister of Goa.
With the brand new facility at Mopa, Goa has now obtained one other worldwide airport which is situated 50 km other than the south Goa-based Dabolim facility, operated as a civil enclave within the Indian Navy’s air station INS Hansa.
The primary part of the Rs 2,870 crore Mopa airport undertaking will cater to round 4.4 million passengers each year (MPPA), which may be expanded to a saturation capability of 33 MPPA, an official earlier mentioned.
The airport has been constructed on the theme of sustainable infrastructure and has a solar energy plant, inexperienced buildings, LED lights on the runway, rainwater harvesting, state-of-the-art sewage remedy plant with recycling services, amongst different such services.
It has adopted a number of the best-in-class applied sciences like 3-D Monolithic Precast buildings, StabilRoad, Robomatic Hole precast partitions, and 5G appropriate IT infrastructure.
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