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Navy agrees to withdraw notification on Dabolim airport runway

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In a relief to air charter operators, the Indian Navy on 5th Oct 2017, agreed to withdraw its notification on partial closure of the runway at Dabolim Airport for maintenance on weekends following its talks with the Goa Govenment.
The announcement was made by the Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho after he held a meeting with the Indian Navy at Vasco.
On 4th Oct 2017, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had also held a marathon meeting with the Indian Navy and Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Dabolim Airport, which is the only aerodrome in the state, is located at INS Hansa base and is managed by the Indian Navy, while the civilian operations are also allowed there. “The closure would have impacted the arrival of flights in Goa, especially the chartered planes. Indian Navy has been kind enough to withdraw their particular notification,” Godinho, who represents the constituency where Dabolim airport and INS Hansa is located, said after the meeting.
The Navy had recently ordered the closure of runway for two-and-half hours on the weekend for its maintenance, triggering fear of large scale flight cancellations, particularly the chartered ones amind the onset of the tourists season.
The season for chartered flights generally begins from October and goes on till May next year when the last flight departs a little before the arrival of the monsoon.

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