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Goa is an ever beck­on­ing in­ter­na­tional tourist des­ti­na­tion that has grown to be­come a brand name by it­self. Blessed with pris­tine beaches and dense forests, the state nes­tles in the fringes of the Western Ghats and has at­tracted visi­tors since time im­memo­rial. Its per­fectly man­i­cured towns and vil­lages in­hab­ited by an ami­able pop­u­lace has a dis­tinc­tive cui­sine with an em­pha­sis on the abun­dantly avail­able sea food.

Goa was lib­er­ated from Por­tu­gal in 1961 and the state still main­tains a dis­tinct cul­ture where mag­nif­i­cent tem­ples co­ex­ist har­mo­niously with im­pres­sive cathe­drals.

Tourism is the main in­dus­try of the state in­volv­ing around 40 per cent of the 1.87 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion. Apart from this, in re­cent times, the state has wit­nessed a tremen­dous in­dus­trial growth at­tract­ing big names from the cor­po­rate scene. The state wit­nesses around 1.80 mil­lion visi­tors an­nu­ally.

HIS­TORY OF GOA AIR­PORT

The air­port was built in 1955 by the ex­ist­ing Por­tuguese ad­min­is­tra­tion, on 249 acres of land, as the Aero­porto de Dabolim, which was later of­fi­cially re­named as Aero­porto Gen­eral Bé­nard Guedes. Un­til 1961, the air­port served as the main hub of the Por­tuguese India’s air­line, TAIP, which served Da­man, Diu, Karachi, Mozam­bique, Por­tuguese Ti­mor, and other des­ti­na­tions, on a reg­u­lar sched­ule. After the Lib­er­a­tion of Goa in 1961, the air­port was ‘handed over’ to the In­dian Navy.

For civil­ian air travel out of Vasco da Gama and Goa, the In­dian Navy and the Govern­ment of India in­vited the pub­lic sec­tor air­line to op­er­ate at Dabolim from 1966, after the run­way was re­paired and jeten­abled. A new do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal build­ing was built in 1983, de­signed to process 350 ar­rivals and de­par­tures si­mul­ta­ne­ously; while the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal, built in 1996 was de­signed for 250.

With an in­crease in run­way length in 1986, wide-bod­ied char­ter flights be­gan direct op­er­a­tions from Europe and, over the years, the num­ber of such char­ter hol­i­day flights has grown sub­stan­tially.

TER­MI­NAL BUILD­ING

In view of the ex­po­nen­tial growth in air traf­fic, a state-of-the-art in­te­grated ter­mi­nal build­ing was built and com­mis­sioned in 2013, and has been op­er­a­tional since March 2014. The build­ing de­sign mod­elled on the ‘waves’ con­cept fea­tures aes­thetic glass, large steel span struc­tures and frame­less glaz­ing. It is equipped with five aer­o­bridges, while three more are on the way of be­ing

com­mis­sioned. The ter­mi­nal fea­tures aes­thetic and roomy in­te­ri­ors with 64 check-in coun­ters and an ad­e­quate num­ber of im­mi­gra­tion coun­ters for ar­rivals as well as de­par­tures, se­cu­rity check booths and cus­toms coun­ters. The base­ment of the four-level ter­mi­nal has util­i­ties like elec­tric­ity and cargo han­dling. The checkin coun­ters are placed on the ground floor while the first floor has se­cu­rity check booths. The sec­ond floor has the Se­cu­rity Hold Area where pas­sen­gers may wait be­fore board­ing an air­craft.

NEW INI­TIA­TIVES Par­al­lel taxi track: This fa­cil­ity will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce run­way oc­cu­pancy time and bring down ar­rival and de­par­ture wait time. New Western Fin­ger to Ter­mi­nal Build­ing:

This ex­ten­sion to the main build­ing has ap­pre­cia­bly boosted pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity and three aer­o­bridges in­stalled in the fin­ger have in­creased the air­craft dock­ing ca­pac­ity. Ex­ten­sion of Se­cu­rity Hold Area: The area of the Do­mes­tic Se­cu­rity Hold has been ex­tended with an ad­e­quate seat­ing ca­pac­ity to cater to peak time move­ment hours. Also, more spa­cious wash­rooms, more seat­ing area and a choice of var­ied cui­sine food out­lets in the Se­cu­rity Hold Area is adding to the pas­sen­gers’ com­fort.

Pre-se­cu­rity lay­out: A new lay­out be­fore the se­cu­rity check will re­duce wait time and quicken the process of clear­ing se­cu­rity.

Ex­ten­sion of main build­ing on east­ern side: A lat­eral ex­ten­sion of the main build­ing on the east­ern side is on the cards to cater to the an­tic­i­pated traf­fic level. This will pro­vide a con­sid­er­able in­crease in pas­sen­ger han­dling ca­pac­ity for man­ag­ing the present and the ex­pected level of air traf­fic for the next few years.

LO­CAL ARTWORK

Goa is a vi­brant trop­i­cal land where both the sub­lime as well as the con­trast­ing colours of na­ture and ar­chi­tec­ture play a vivid role in en­hanc­ing the Sense of Place. AAI has at­tempted to trans­pose this colour­ful med­ley and fu­sion of colours in the form of mu­rals, art dis­plays and paint­ings at var­i­ous

lo­ca­tions in the Ter­mi­nal Build­ing. In fact, the pre-se­cu­rity area fea­tures a de­light­ful cor­ner Art Gallery de­signed to lend an ex­pres­sion to the build­ing while pay­ing trib­ute to the tal­ented artists of Goa.

GOA CHAR­TER: GATEWAY OF INDIA

Around 90 per cent of the in­ter­na­tional char­ter flights that touch India op­er­ate out of Goa, earn­ing it the nick­name — ‘Char­ter Gateway’. Around 1000 wide-bod­ied air­craft were op­er­a­tional dur­ing the last tourist sea­son directly from Euro­pean des­ti­na­tions – pri­mar­ily Moscow, Ger­many and the UK – while there is also a grow­ing in­ter­est in the con­cept of such hol­i­day pack­age flights from Iran, Dubai and other coun­tries. This year also, around 1000 char­ters are ex­pected to op­er­ate from Goa.

EN­HANC­ING PAS­SEN­GER CON­VE­NIENCE

With an ob­jec­tive of im­prov­ing over­all ef­fi­ciency of air­port op­er­a­tions for the ben­e­fit of pas­sen­gers and other stake­hold­ers, the Air­port Op­er­a­tions Con­trol Cen­ter (AOCC) and a helpdesk was in­au­gu­rated at the Goa In­ter­na­tional Air­port, rcently.

Goa Air­port has be­come the 12th air­port to have an AOCC. This cen­tre will pro­vide real-time in­for­ma­tion about flights like the ac­tual time of Ar­rival/ De­par­ture, board­ing gate num­ber for de­part­ing pas­sen­gers and bag­gage con­veyor num­ber for ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers on the Flight In­for­ma­tion Dis­plays. It will also help AAI, air­line op­er­a­tors and ground han­dling agen­cies to en­sure the op­ti­mum util­i­sa­tion of avail­able re­sources.

In an­other ef­fort to add new fa­cil­i­ties for bet­ter pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ta­tion, AAI has awarded an ex­pen­di­ture con­tract for the op­er­a­tion and man­age­ment of helpdesk and Re­serve Lounges at the Goa Air­port. A ded­i­cated helpdesk/ In­for­ma­tion Counter will have Flight In­for­ma­tion Dis­play and Com­puter Sys­tem, which will pro­vide the lat­est flight in­for­ma­tion and as­sis­tance to visi­tors dur­ing their travel through the Goa In­ter­na­tional Air­port. This helpdesk will also su­per­vise the op­er­a­tions of air­lines as well as the ground han­dling agen­cies at the air­port. A ded­i­cated round-the-clock helpline num­ber will also be launched soon.

CARGO

In view of the im­mense po­ten­tial of cargo op­er­a­tions from Goa In­ter­na­tional Air­port, AAI re­cently com­mis­sioned a Com­mon User Cargo fa­cil­ity for chan­nel­ing do­mes­tic cargo, which has evoked con­sid­er­able re­sponse. In­ter­na­tional cargo is chan­neled by CONCOR. The main cargo move­ments com­prise of in­dus­trial com­po­nents, elec­tronic pe­riph­er­als, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and lo­cal va­ri­eties of fruit and veg­eta­bles for ex­port.

COM­MIT­MENT TO­WARDS SO­CI­ETY

Keep­ing up AAI’S com­mit­ment of pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to­wards en­sur­ing bet­ter med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and gen­er­at­ing aware­ness on Cancer, es­pe­cially Cer­vi­cal Cancer, a ‘Free Women’s Well­ness Camp’ was or­gan­ised by AAI’S Women’s Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion – Kalyan­mayee in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ma­ni­pal Hospi­tals Goa and Goa Cancer So­ci­ety, in the month of Fe­bru­ary. The camp was in­au­gu­rated by An­jali Mo­ha­p­a­tra, Pres­i­dent, Kalyan­mayee in the pres­ence of Dr. Gu­ruprasad Mo­ha­p­a­tra, Chair­man, AAI and other se­nior of­fi­cials. The ob­jec­tive of the Well­ness Camp was to cre­ate aware­ness and ed­u­cate the pub­lic on timely med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion to de­tect Cancer. Dur­ing the camp, par­tic­i­pants un­der­went a Free Ran­dom Blood Sugar Test, Blood Pres­sure Check, screen­ing by the Res­i­dent Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers, after which, the women in the age bracket of 30 to over 50 years who dis­played signs of symp­to­matic pos­i­tive cases of Cer­vi­cal Cancer were re­ferred by the Ra­di­a­tion On­col­o­gist to Ma­ni­pal Hospi­tals Goa for a Free Pap Smear Test.

Goa In­ter­na­tional Air­port has fo­cussed on mul­ti­fac­eted growth by em­pha­sis­ing on both struc­tural and so­ci­etal devel­op­ment. Be­ing home to India’s favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion – it is cer­tain to touch greater heights in the com­ing years.

B C H Negi, B E (Elec­tron­ics), MBA-HR, IAP Air­port Direc­tor, Goa

Inau­gu­ra­tion of new Aer­o­bridges at Goa Air­port

Se­cu­rity Hold Area

Air-side view, Ter­mi­nal Build­ing, Goa In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Art Gallery Camp, Goa Air­port Free Women’s Well­ness

(cen­tre), Chair­man, Dr. Gu­ruprasad Mo­ha­p­a­tra dur­ing the inau­gu­ra­tion AAI, with se­nior of­fi­cials Con­trol Cen­tre of Air­port Op­er­a­tions

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