Mopa Airport | Manohar International Airport Goa

Mopa Airport | Manohar International Airport Goa

Mopa Airport | Manohar International Airport Goa


Mopa Airport or Manohar International Airport Goa was inaugurated on 11 December 2022 by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2016.

Manohar Parrikar was the former Defence Minister and the Chief Minister of Goa.

It lies in the North Goa district in the state of Goa. The airport is constructed at a cost of $380 Million (Rs.3,000 Crore) and it will start operating on 5th January 2023.

The completed phase is the first phase of the airport. The airport was officially scheduled to be completed by the financial year 2019-2020 but was delayed due to a court order that delayed work on site.

Besides, the old airport, the Dabolim airport will also run but with limited flights.


Mopa Airport | Manohar International Airport Goa


Mopa Airport Goa


PM Modi quoted Manohar Parrikar International Airport as proof of the changed government thinking and approach towards infrastructure in the country today. We took the initiative to take air travel to the smallest cities in the country,” unquote.

Mopa Airport will be the second airport after the existing Dabolim Airport which will also operate simultaneously.

Moreover, the state-of-the-art airport in Mopa will improve connectivity as well as boost tourism in Goa significantly.

It is expected the airport will benefit the people of Maharashtra more than the people of Goa as the distance covered is longer than the Dabolim airport.


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Sr. No.PlaceDistanceDrive Time
1Panaji33.40km53.00 min
2Margaon67.00 km105.00 min
3Vasco58.80 km81.00 min
4Mapusa20.30 km36.00 min
5Ponda58.10 km84.00 min
6Bambolim43.80km61.00 min
7Dona Paula39.40 km64.00 min
8Dabolim55.60 km77.00 min
9Verna52.80 km75.00 min
10Kundaim48.20 km74.00 min
11Old Goa41.20 km61.00 min
12Banastari46.70 km70.00 min
13Murmagoa61.50 km87.00 min
14Calangute29.70 km48.00 min
15Colva63.40 km93.00 min
16Sawantwadi34.40 km52.00 min
17Canacona107.00 km166.00 min


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Mopa Airport Update


The old airport (Dabolim airport) has the capacity to handle 8.5 million passengers per year whereas, in actuality, the Mopa airport will have the capacity to handle approximately 44 million passengers a year. In the first phase and then it will increase up to one million passengers a year after the entire project work is completed.

Besides, it has a facility for cargo transportation, which the old airport does not have.

Since North Goa is more popular with respect to tourism the airport is expected to promote the local economy and boost tourism.


Mopa Airport | Manohar International Airport Goa




Mopa airport is a Greenfield airport at Mopa in Pernem taluka, North Goa district in the state of Goa, India.

Following is the address:

PVJ9+G7C, Casarvane VP, Goa 403512


Mopa Airport Design


The airport will feature a single runway which will be 3,750m long and 60m-wide. The runway will have two rapid exit ways interconnected with taxiways. The airport is being constructed in four phases, with the first phase designed to accommodate approximately 4.4 million passengers a year. Its interiors will resemble the local architecture and Goan craft.

The company said 3-D monolithic precast technology has been used for the construction of an aviation skill development centre and a police station.

“5G compatible IT infrastructure has been created for better connectivity”. Besides, there is an option for self-baggage drop for faster check-in.


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Mopa Airport Construction


The Central Government had given its in-principle approval for a second airport in the state of Goa as early as March 2000. However, the project was stuck for 14 years due to land acquisition issues and local litigation.


Mopa Airport | Manohar International Airport Goa


When Will Mopa Airport Open


The Manohar International Airport Goa was inaugurated on 11 December 2022 by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The airport will be open for all international and local flights with effective from January 2023.


Will Goa Have 2 Airports?


Goa has become the first smallest state to have two international airports in India.

With the opening of the Mopa Greenfield airport on 11 December 2022, each of the two districts in Goa now have international airports. Mopa is 50 kilometres away from the Dabolim facility in south Goa (Vasco Da Gama).

Goa’s current airport at Dabolim Vasco is a civil enclave that is operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

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