Pramod Sawant said the privately managed airport will create about 3,000 to 4,000 jobs for Pernem residents . Sawant blamed the previous governments and advocates for creating barriers for the airport .
MOPA: According to chief minister Pramod Sawant, Goas second international airport-Manohar International Airport-will boost economic development in Pernem by providing jobs as well as self-employment opportunities for locals.According to him, the privately managed airport will create about 3,000 to 4,000 jobs for Pernem residents.With the opening of this international airport, we open the doors of opportunity and the possibility of Goas tourism, said Sawant at the time.Another 3,000 to 4,000 Goans and Pernem residents will work at Mopa international airport.Sawant blamed the previous governments and advocates for creating certain barriers for the airport.People should be focusing on the benefits that the airport would bring to the state, he said.Sawant told the state that even after the GMR operationalizes the new airport in Dabolim, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia spoke, the Goa International Airport in Dabolim will remain open.From March, international flights are scheduled to launch from Mopa (GOX). Goa needs both the airports because it will help the city's tourism production dramatically increase, he said.Sawant said that the under-construction, six-lane national highway connecting the national highway to the Mopa airport would be completed by August 2023.Phase I of the airport will initially serve about 4.4 million passengers per annum (MPPA), but by the fourth phase, it will reach a saturation capacity of 33MPPA.Sawant said that the airport will improve the state's socioeconomic growth. The airport is also expected to have multi-modal connectivity.