GMR Airports Ltd. through its subsidiary Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL) is building Mopa International Airport in North Goa’s Pernem taluka with a four phase master plan to eventually handle 13.1 passengers per year. Construction is expected to be finished by October (MPPA). Prime Minister Modi lay the first brick of the Mopa Airport’s development in November 2016. The opening and inauguration of Mopa Airport are scheduled for August 2022, and commercial operations will begin by the end of that year.
A 40-year operating contract with an additional 20-year extension will be granted to GGIAL. The airport’s passenger terminal, cargo facilities, air traffic control tower, and related structures are being built by Megawide Construction Corporation in the Philippines. During peak hours, the airport’s single passenger terminal building, which is nearly 700,000 square feet long, can handle processing over 1,000 inbound and departing passengers each hour. Nordic – Office of Architecture was responsible for the design of Mopa Airport. Interior design will be inspired by regional architecture and Goan crafts.
The airport’s construction cost was initially estimated to be Rs 1,900 crore, but was later raised to Rs 2,615 crore due to cost and time overruns brought on by environmental lawsuits. The project completion date was further hampered by the Covid-19 epidemic. The airport is anticipated to serve 4.5 million passengers during the first phase, and 13 million passengers by the conclusion of its fourth phase.