Published on : Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Goa’s tourism sector is opening up gradually. Flight operations and passenger arrivals are on the rise. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) operated 70 flights on Friday itself. After the Goa government permitted opening up of casinos from November 1, a further increase in flight operations is expected.
On October 29, Goa International Airport handled 33 arrivals and 33 departures. This is indicative that flight movement and passenger traffic is higher on the weekends.
To quote the airport director Gagan Malik, “The good old busy days of Goa International Airport are returning back swiftly. On October 30 the airport handled 35 arrivals and 35 departures of flights. Arriving passengers were 5,274 and departing passengers were 3,112. In all, there were 8,386 passenger footfalls.”
On Saturday, the airport also witnessed an international direct flight. The 59th relief flight to London had 220 passengers including four children. A Vande Bharat mission flight with 178 passengers landed on Saturday morning from London under the Center’s air bubble arrangement.