Goa being one of the frequented travel destinations in India, is well interconnected with the rest of the globe through its multiple modes of transportation spread across the country in the form of Flights, Trains & Buses. Tourists who opt to travel by air, can avail the services of one of the Domestic/International Airlines to reach Goa. The Goa International Airport is the entry point for all flights in & out of Goa.
Goa International Airport or Goa Airport is located in a small village called Dabolim, which is around 30kms from Panjim(capital of Goa) and hence the airport is also commonly known as Dabolim Airport. The Airport was built during the colonial rule of the Portuguese in the 1950s and served as a transportation hub to destinations like Daman & Diu, Karachi, Mozambique & Timor among other destinations. Later in 1962, the airport was taken over by the Indian Navy as part of a military campaign to liberate Goa. Being the only airport in Goa, its airspace is also shared by the Navy for its Naval base.
The Goa Airport has undergone renovations in recent years to enhance the level of services in order to accommodate the exponential growth of its air traffic. A new modern terminal was established in March 2014 in place of the two old terminals which were used earlier for servicing Domestic & International flights. The new terminal is a 3 storie building with a capacity to accommodate 2750 passengers, integrated with car parking facilities and comprises of elevators & escalators, boarding bridges, check-in, customs & immigration counters, baggage handling & security hold facilities. Expansions are also planned to handle air traffic in the near future, which is estimated to grow in the coming years.
Popular Airline Operators
Flights operating to and from Goa belong to some well known domestic & international Airlines: Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, SpiceJet, JetKonnect, IndiGo, GoAir, Air Arabia, Qatar Airways.
Flights are operated to and fro between most popular destinations, both domestic & international:
Domestic : Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata.
International : Sharjah, Kuwait, Doha, Manchester, Copenhagen.
Local Transportation near Goa Airport :
Pre-paid taxis are available just outside the terminal at all times.
Public bus services
Local buses operate at irregular intervals. Closest bus stops are Vasco da Gama and Chicalim, 4kms & 1.5kms from airport respectively.
Dabolim Railway Station is located at around 1km from the airport.