Sunday, February 22, 2009

Goa's Dabolim airport not to close, says Minister

Blaming it on speculation and possible politics, the Minister of state for civil aviation Mr Praful Patel said that the government never desired to close down the Dabolim airport, when the proposed Mopa airport becomes a reality.

The Minister was laying a foundation stone of the new integrated building at Dabolim airport and dismissed all rumours of closure of the Dabolim airport. The Minister called it a great day for Goa and the entire country's tourism and the economic development of the country that the Dabolim airport is finally expanding. There  is no need to say no to an old airport, claimed the Minister adding that such dilemmas were things of the past and in modern times such issues do not crop up.

The new integrated terminal building with an area of around 62,000 square metres will be constructed with glass and steel and house a modern passenger friendly system. It is also expected to have central air conditioning, inclined arrival baggage claim carousals, public address systems, flight information display systems, escalators, check in counters for car parking and CCTV's for surveillance.

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