New Goa International Airport or North Goa Airport (GOX)

Travelling to Goa is set to become a whole lot easier with the launch of Goa’s second airport, the New Goa International Airport which is nearing its full operational capacity. The current airport serving the state of Goa is the Dabolim Airport, which is also the aviation base for the country’s armed forces. Due to the movement of the Indian Armed Forces, and the increasing pressure of tourism in the state, the infrastructure of Dabolim Airport is working at its full capacity. To release this pressure, and to develop civil aviation in the state, the plan for New Goa International Airport was drafted and passed.

The New Goa Airport, which is in the Mopa village in North Goa is a part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project, where GMR is in charge of constructing it. In August 2022, the first phase of the airport was inaugurated, and it will begin its operations from January 05, 2023. Moreover, other phases of development will expand its capacity gradually. It is being planned that the New Goa Airport will start operating by serving 5 million passengers per annum.

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Goa, once a Portuguese colony, is now one of the prominent tourist hubs in India. As one of the most happening travel destinations of all seasons, it attracts tourists across the globe. Find all the insider inspiration you need in our Goa destination guide to make every day extraordinary when you get there.

Especially during Christmas and New Year, Goa comes to life with parties and events all across the state. At this time, it witnesses an influx of foreign and Indian tourists. The monsoon in Goa is also something that one should experience.

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How to reach North Goa Airport?

  • By cabs/taxi services: Airport taxi services are available here, so you can take this service to commute to/ from the airport easily. You can hire running taxis or app-based cabs as well. Pre-booked taxis are one the best means to travel to the airport.
  • By railway services: North Goa is well-connected via the railway network as well. Frequent railway service is available here, you can take a train to reach the New Goa Airport.
  • By bus: The state bus service is also operational in North Goa. You will find regular buses to the airport, making it easier to commute to/from there.

North Goa Airport details - Pin code, IATA, and address

Being located 35 km from Panjim, this newly built New Goa Airport is situated in Mopa, a village in North Goa. However, travellers can commute from/ to the airport very conveniently.

New Goa International Airport terminal information

There are two terminals available in this airport; those are as follows:

  • Single Passenger Terminal: With a 7,00,000 ft. terminal building, it can handle 1000 inbound and outbound passengers during rush hours.
  • Cargo Terminal: The development and expansion of this terminal will be done in some phases. This continuous development will take place to bring capacity to the cargo apron so that it can unload the cargo quickly.
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North Goa Airport facilities

The following facilities will be available at the New Goa Airport to ease your travel –

Integrated passenger terminal building
Emergency services
Reserved services
Flight catering services
Aircraft rescue and firefighting facilities
Rapid exit ways
Taxiways

Hotels near New Goa International Airport

  • Rustique Blueville
  • Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa
  • Casa Colvale
  • Grand Hyatt Goa

Places to visit near New Goa International Airport

Many popular tourist spots are situated in the northern part of Goa, i.e. near the New Goa Airport. Here are some notable ones –

  • Baga Beach: It is one of the most famous beaches in Goa. Thousands of visitors, both locals and foreigners, throng it to enjoy parasailing and paragliding. Also, you can opt for banana and bump rides here. Besides, do not forget to relish some great food from the shacks.
  • Goa State Museum: In 1977, this museum was set up by the State Archaeological Depart at the famous Adil Shah Palace. There are a wide variety of objects such as stone sculptures, old manuscripts, bronzes, paintings, and artefacts.
  • Anjuna Flea Market: This famous market of North Goa opens every Wednesday beside the famous Anjuna Beach. The official time of this market is from 10 am to 4 pm. You will find a wide variety of items starting from clothing to regular household items in this market.
  • Dudhsagar Falls: Dudhsagar Falls or the ‘Sea of Milk’ is among the country’s tallest waterfalls. The waterfall gets its name from the fact that when water plummets, it looks like milk full of froth. The waterfall has four tiers and a height of 1017 ft.
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus: Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The relics of Saint Francis Xavier have been enshrined here. The construction of the church began in 1595 and it was consecrated by May 1605. The church is known for its rich history and baroque architectural style.
  • Vagator Hilltop: When you are visiting Goa, you will not miss out on Vagator Beach. But at the same time, go to the adjacent hilltop for a stunning panoramic view of the beach. For the photography enthusiast in you, this is a place to be, come sunset. Also, do not forget to sample the local food.
  • Siolim Riverside Chapel: Talking about places to visit in North Goa, this chapel can be a great place. This riverside chapel is not overburdened with tourists, and you will mostly meet the locals here. So you can spend some time in the serenity of this place and enjoy nature.
  • Chapora Fort: This is the place where the iconic movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was shot, making it a popular tourist destination. The evening is the best time to visit this place to experience spectacular views of the sunset overlooking the scenic Chapora River.
  • Panjim: With its cobbled lanes, old taverns, brightly painted houses, churches, and mansions, Panjim has the ambience of a little Mediterranean town. This city showcases grand Portuguese architecture and contains heritage areas that coexist with its modern buildings. Panjim is a city that one must explore while in Goa on the banks of the Mandovi River.
  • Fort Aguada: The historic Fort Aguada and its adjacent lighthouse are popular destinations among tourists. It is a 17th-century Portuguese Fort standing on Sinquerim Beach overlooking the beautiful Arabian Sea. Aguada Fort, erected in 1612, encircling the entire peninsula at the southwestern extremity of the Bardez Taluka in North Goa, is known for being the first lighthouse in Asia.

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