For the first time in the history of Goa’s tourism, Goa’s Dabolim airport recorded the highest charter arrivals of 1020 flights till April 30, 2013.
Dabolim airport director M Suresh said that normally Goa gets not more than 900 charter flights in the full tourism season ending in May. This year, Dabolim received 943 charter flights in March itself. The charters arrived from countries like Russia, Germany, UK, etc. but charters from Russia were the maximum with the Russian airline Oren Air alone flying 193 charters into Goa till date.
The inbound traffic at Dabolim is expected to swell with the commissioning of the new, modern terminal building with an area of 62,000 square metres and four floors. Built at a cost of Rs 388.53 crore, the new terminal is expected to be ready by June this year. It will be extremely passenger-friendly with five aerobridges and a peak-hour passenger handling capacity of 2750 passengers. The handling capacity of the existing 16,500 square metres terminal building is only 700 passengers. The new terminal will handle four million passengers per year, Suresh said.