Goa airport requests shift in Navy's flying sorties to reduce rush
MoS for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, during his Goa visit last week, was briefed about the afternoon rush at the Dabolim airport due to Indian Navy's flying sorties schedule in the morning.PTI| Nov 07, 2016, 02.59 PM IST 0Comments PANAJI: Authorities of Dabolim airport have requested the civil aviation ministry to ask the Indian Navy to shift its flying sorties schedule in the morning to reduce the afternoon rush at the Goa’s lone airport.
The Dabolim international airport operates as a civil enclave in a military airbase named INS Hansa.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, during his Goa visit last week, was briefed about the afternoon rush at the airport which increases the time taken by a passenger from his entry in the airport building to the boarding gate.
“The Indian Navy uses the airport for its regular sorties between 8.30 AM to 12.30 PM due to which there is a rush between 12.30-3.30 PM as the passenger flights operate during that peak time," Dabolim Airport director BCH Negi said today.
“This is the period (12.30-3.30 PM) when the time taken by passengers between entry in the airport to boarding goes up to 30 minutes. We want to reduce this timing further. During lean time, the passenger can enter airport and will be at the boarding point within ten minutes," he said.
"The minister might request the Indian Navy to shift its timings of sortie so that the afternoon congestion is solved," Negi said.
Goa airport is among the facilities taken up under the Centre's ambitious 'DISHA' programme.
Negi said during his visit, the minister was briefed about the initiatives taken under the DISHA programme.
The minister has sought report from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) about the present constraints.
Dabolim is the lone airport in the coastal state. The second facility is coming up at Mopa in north Goa.
The foundation stone for the Greenfield Mopa airport would be laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 13.