Goa is banking on a new airport at Mopa to soar tourism even higher and make it the backbone of the state’s economy. With eight million domestic and international tourists visiting Goa annually, the state government hopes that the number will increase, as efforts are made to attract them with new innovative concepts, helping the exchequer. Apart from support to state exchequer, nearly 1,500 locals are engaged in various departments on this new airport and are undergoing training outside the state.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and the state’s Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte have so far held a series of meetings with concerned officials for quality tourism demanding upscaling infrastructure and skilling manpower to match global standards. Goa’s only existing airport in Dabolim witnesses airside congestion as it is also shared by the Indian Navy. As Mopa will solely handle the civilian traffic, the state will be in a better position to enhance connectivity for which Rs. 2,615 crore has been spent on this project.
According to Khaunte, increased footfalls from the second airport at Mopa will offer a plethora of employment and tourism opportunities for Goa which needs to be tapped by the stakeholders.