The Manohar International Airport Goa can handle Airbus A380

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Panaji: The newly inaugurated Manohar International Airport (MIA) in North Goa has the capacity to handle even extra-large wide-bodies jet like an Airbus A380, the Airport management said on Sunday.

In a white-paper released after the inauguration of the facility at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the GMR Goa International Airport management has asid that said that the Airport’s primary runway is 3500 metres long and 60 metres wide.

“The runway is oriented due east-west. A full-length parallel taxiway of 3500 m is built with 225 m in separation of the runway,” the management said adding that the runway is equipped to handle even extra-large wide-bodied jets like an Airbus A380.

The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger airliner and only full-length double-deck jet airliner.

 The airport also has two Rapid Exit Taxiways and six  Cross Taxiways for aircraft circulation and to avoid congestion, the white-paper reads.

Speaking about Apron and Passenger Boarding Bridges, the management has said that

the Apron area of 51,300 sq. meters of the airport has five  Contact Stands and seven Remote stands and two stands in Authority Apron.

“Out of which five are passenger boarding bridges (PBBs) or aerobridges and the remaining nine are remote parking bays. It will also allow night parking of aircraft. Going forward, all these facilities are expandable to meet the market demand,” it said.

The Passenger Terminal Building is built on 67,726 sq. meters comprising 18 check-in counters along with four  Self Baggage Drop (SBD), advanced baggage handling system, and other amenities and utilities, which could cater to 33 million passengers at its peak.

The  World-class cargo facilities comprising 25,000 metric tonnes of temperature-controlled Cargo handling capacity, have the potential to become an ideal hub for exports from Goa, Southern Maharashtra and Karnataka, the white paper reads.

 It further states the cargo terminal will not only help airlines tap into lucrative revenue opportunities but will also open up new avenues for employment generation and contribute to the states’ GDP.

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