VASCO: At a time when people in South Goa feared that Dabolim Airport could shut down with the inauguration of the Manohar International Airport at Mopa, operations at Dabolim Airport have picked up since the last one year following the Covid pandemic.
In what could be good news for various stakeholders of the Goa Airport, including taxi operators, the number of domestic flights has increased, and new sectors, especially international flights, have opened up from the existing Dabolim Airport.
While the Air India Express has recently announced direct flights from Goa Airport to Dubai four times a week from March end, Dabolim Airport continues to handle charter flights bringing in international tourists to the State from various countries.
A comparison in statistics between January 2022, when the country was slowly opening up amid the Covid pandemic, and January 2023 indicates that Dabolim Airport is determined to flourish even with the presence of the Airport at Mopa.
In January 2022, Dabolim Airport handled a total of 4,213 arrivals and departures, with a footfall of around 4.5 lakh passengers arriving and departing from the Airport.
Dabolim Airport handled 1,982 flight arrivals (1,89,159 passengers) and 1,982 flight departures (2,48,684 passengers) in the scheduled operations sector and 74 flight arrivals (217 passengers) and 70 flight departures (256 passengers) in the non-scheduled domestic operations.
In the international scheduled sector, Dabolim Airport handled 40 flight arrivals (4,908 passengers) and 41 flight departures (7,099 passengers), as well as 2 flight arrivals (3 passengers) and 6 flight departures (7 passengers) in the non-scheduled international sector.
Dabolim airport has also handled international charter flights with 8 arrivals (1814 passengers) and 8 departures (2,265 passengers).
In comparison, Dabolim Airport in January 2023 handled a total of 5,512 flight arrivals and departures with a footfall of around 8.5 lakh passengers arriving and departing from Goa Airport.
The Airport handled 2,538 flight arrivals (3,77,233 passengers) and 2,539 departures (4,03,370 passengers) in the scheduled operations sector, as well as 31 flight arrivals (49 passengers) and 31 flight departures (123 passengers) in the non-scheduled domestic operations.
In the international sector, Dabolim Airport handled 102 flight arrivals (15,189 passengers) and 102 flight departures (17,249 passengers), as well as 2 flight arrivals (3 passengers) and 2 flight departures (1 passenger) in the non-scheduled international sector.
Besides, Dabolim airport also handled international charter flights with 83 arrivals (18,187 passengers) and 82 departures (17,772 passengers).