PANAJI: Authorities of Dabolim airport have requested the civil aviation ministry to ask the Indian Navy to shift its flying sorties schedule in the morning to reduce the afternoon rush at the Goa’s lone airport.
The Dabolim international airport operates as a civil enclave in a military airbase named INS Hansa.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, during his Goa visit last week, was briefed about the afternoon rush at the airport which increases the time taken by a passenger from his entry in the airport building to the boarding gate.
“The Indian Navy uses the airport for its regular sorties between 8.30 AM to 12.30 PM due to which there is a rush between 12.30-3.30 PM as the passenger flights operate during that peak time,” Dabolim Airport director BCH Negi said today.
“This is the period (12.30-3.30 PM) when the time taken by passengers between entry in the airport to boarding goes up to 30 minutes. We want to reduce this timing further. During lean time, the passenger can enter airport and will be at the boarding point within ten minutes,” he said.