Goa International Airport is a civil enclave at INS Hansa, a Naval airfield located at Dabolim near Vasco da Gama. The airport caters to scheduled domestic and international air services. Goa has scheduled international connections to Doha, Dubai, Sharjah and Kuwait in the Middle East by airlines like Air Arabia, Air India, GoAir, Indigo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, JetKonnect and Qatar Airways.
The airport also handles a large number of chartered flights during the ‘winter season’, typically between November and May from the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands and Russia. The Chartered flights are operated by European carriers like Monarch Airlines, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Condor Flugdienst and Arkefly amongst others. Goa’s estimated 700 annual international charter flights account for around 90% of the India’s international charter tourist flights. It is estimated that about 150 to 200 thousand international tourists arrive at Dabolim on chartered flights.
Another international airport at Mopa in Pernem has been proposed due to land constraints at Dabolim. However, options to move the Navy away from Dabolim to increase capacity are being looked at. The move to develop Mopa as a second airport has led to a number of local agitations, principally supported by a number of politicians from Salcete and South Goa. Unlike Dabolim, which is centrally located in the state, the Mopa site is situated at a relatively remote northern end of Goa. Mopa Airport was first proposed by the local Congress government, but now also has the backing of the incumbent government led by Manohar Parrikar.