Mopa Airport – Status, Master Plan & Design

Mopa International Airport in North Goa’s Pernem taluka is being developed by GMR Airports Ltd. through its subsidiary Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL) with a four phase master plan to ultimately handle 13.1 passengers per annum (MPPA).

Mopa Airport’s foundation stone for the construction was laid by Prime Minister Modi in November 2016. Mopa Airport’s opening and inauguration is planned in August 2022 with commercial operations starting by 2022-end.

GGIAL will have the right to operate the airport for 40 years, extendable by another 20 years. Philippines’ Megawide Construction Corporation is constructing the airport’s passenger terminal, cargo facilities, ATC and associated buildings.

  • Area: 2133 acres
  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 2,650 crore (Phase 1)
  • Deadline: 2022 (Phase 1 opening / start of operations)
  • Nodal Agency: Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL)
  • Architect: Nordic – Office of Architecture
  • Civil Construction Contractor: Megawide Construction Corporation

Mopa Airport will relieve the burden on the existing Dabolim International Airport which shares its facilities with the Indian Navy, which restricts the hours of commercial operations leading to airside congestion during peak hours.

Current Status

Mopa Airport’s opening and inauguration is planned in August 2022 with commercial operations starting by 2022-end.

Location & Access

The project’s site (view on Google Maps) is located in North Goa’s Pernem taluka. The airport will be accessible will be accessible via NH-166S – a 6 lane road originating from NH-66 (old NH-17) at Dhargalim village via a trumpet interchange. A 6+6 lane toll plaza will also be constructed.

In December 2021, Ashoka Buildcon emerged as the lowest bidder to construct this road on EPC basis with a bid value of Rs. 769.41 crore.

Phase 1 – Design & Architecture

The airport will feature a single passenger terminal building extending over 700,000ft and support capacity to process approximately 1,000 inbound and outbound passengers an hour during peak hours.

Mopa Airport has been designed by Nordic – Office of Architecture. Its interiors will resemble local architecture and Goan craft.

Airside facilities

The airport will feature a single runway (09/27), which will be 3,750m-long and 60m-wide. The runway is designed with the capacity to accommodate a Boeing 777-200. The runway will have two rapid exit ways interconnected with taxiways. The taxiway will be 3,750m-long and 25m-wide.

The phase one development also includes construction of a commercial aircraft parking apron with an area of 114,000m². The apron will be equipped with remote aircraft stands, service roads and aircraft maintenance technical kits. The cargo apron will be built with a capacity to hold a freighter aircraft and will be served by ramp vehicles to quickly unload the cargo.

Two hangars will be built across a 2,500m² area for general aviation purposes. An air traffic control (ATC) tower will be built adjacent to the cargo area.

Master Plan

Mopa airport is being developed in four phases, with the first phase designed to accommodate approximately 4.4 million passengers a year. Passenger handling capacity will be gradually increased to 5.8 in the second phase and then to 9.4 million in the third phase.

The phased development will involve the continuous expansion of terminal, commercial and cargo aprons, taxiways, and aviation facilities. The airport will ultimately be able to handle 13.1 million passengers a year upon completion of the fourth and final phase by 2045.

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