Airport expansion to boost development

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The Rs 400 crore Dabolim airport expansion work by the Airports Authority of India, which is expected to be completed in two years time, will give a big boost to development of the state.

North Goa MP Sripad Naik, who recently met the Prime Minister as a member of the high powered steering committee on Mopa, said, “We have given the thumbs up to Dabolim’s expansion plans even though we recommended setting up of the Mopa airport.”

Once the work is complete, it is expected to be a little over twice the current size and the upgraded facility will be catering to 2400 domestic passenger arrivals and departures besides 1000 international arrivals and departures. The combined strength of 3400 passengers, is a far cry from the existing 700 capacity. The proposal for expansion is currently awaiting clearance from the Public Investment Board.

Goa Airport

There will be eleven parking bays, all serviced by individual aerobridges, enough to take on a minimum of 11 aircrafts at a time.

“Though we can have as many as four Airbus 747 Jumbos at one go, we can make minor modifications to accommodate the superjumbo A380,” asserted M N N Rao, joint general manager, Airports Authority of India, who will be heading the project. Incidentally, Rao was involved in modernisation of the Mysore airport.

Running parallel to National Highway 17B, it will have an east west orientation unlike the current north south one. The surprise package will be a parallel taxi track to the runway on the airport side. “We propose to cut the turnaround time for a flight drastically to accommodate more aircrafts,” adds Rao.

The new airport will have world class cafetarias, duty free shopping malls, business centres and will be operational round-the-clock. High speed escalators and walkways running across the length and breadth of the airport will enable a faster transit. A huge roundabout to regulate traffic will be constructed on the highway to the airport. What’s more, there will be no cars and buses parked all over the place as a 70,000 square meter multi-level parking is proposed on the Varunapuri end of the new terminal.

Courtesy: Times Of India

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