May 3: The new airport to be set up in Mopa in Goa by 2020 will improve the connectivity between South-Western states. It will also give further impetus to India Government objective of making Goa a logistics hub of India. Mopa airport will have the capacity to handle 30 million passengers annually as well as cargo.
A joint team of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Commerce Logistics Department will visit Goa on 7th-8thMay 2018 to facilitate the development of cargo hubs at the new airport to be constructed at Mopa inGoa.
The team will meet Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries to work together in order to leverage the advantages theState offers in terms of connectivity to the coastal belt of Western India. The four coastal states in the south and western part of the country, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa, will benefit greatly from the biggest airport, after Mumbai,to be constructed in Mopa.
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu had announced last week that Goa will become a logistics hub of India after a second airport becomes functional in 2020 in the state. The two airports in Goa, at Dabolim and Mopa, will help position the State as a logistic hub.
The Minister stated that the cargo policy to be announced by the Government of Indiawill help to contribute 40 % of India’s GDP from global trading. Dabolim airport will also be upgraded with an investment of about 600 crores.