Panaji, Aug 2: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that upcoming greenfield airport at North Goa’s Mopa plateau, once completed, will have the potential to handle 30 million passengers annually. He was speaking in the state assembly during the monsoon session.Also Read - Goa Caps RT-PCR Testing Rate For Inbound Foreign Tourists at Rs 3,200

Answering a question, he said that the Mopa Airport is being constructed in four phases with an annual passenger capacity of 4.4 million in phase I, 5.8 million phase II, 9.4 million in phase III and 13.1 million in phase IV. The airport has an ultimate potential of nearly 30 million passengers per annum. Also Read - Love Feni, a Local Goa Delight? Then THIS Place is a Must-Visit as it is 'All About Alcohol'

The Chief Minister, who holds the civil aviation portfolio also said that the estimated cost of the first phase of the project is Rs. 1,900 crore. Also Read - International Flight Services From These 3 Indian Airports Likely to Stop After December 2021 | Here's Why

Phase I is expected to be commenced by September 2020, Parrikar said in response to a question by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Nilesh Cabral.

The Chief Minister also said the existing Dabolim International Airport, which is a military-operated facility, will continue handling civilian operations “even after the commissioning of the new international airport at Mopa”.

Recently, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had claimed that India’s domestic air passenger traffic grew by 18.36 per cent in June. The official data showed that 1.13 crore passengers were ferried by the domestic airlines during the month under review from 95.68 lakh reported during the corresponding month of 2017.

However, on a sequential basis, the traffic grew by around 5.04 per cent. It had risen to 1.19 crore in May 2018, while in April it had grown to 1.15 crore.  As per the data furnished by the DGCA, the passenger traffic during the January-June 2018 period grew by 22 per cent.

(With agency inputs)