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Your Complete Guide on Dabolim Airport (GOI)

Goa International Airport, also called Dabolim Airport (GOI) is the only existing international airport of the state Goa. Operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), it is one of the busiest airports in India. Close to the Dabolim Township, the airport is well connected to all the important cities of the state. Almost all the major national and international carriers have regular flights in and out of Goa, due to the state being a popular tourist destination.
Since Dabolim Airport is a civil enclave (a part of the military airbase being used for civil aviation), a second airport is being constructed in the North Goa. According to available reports, the construction is due to completion in 2020 - 2021, so that the traffic might be eased since then.

Keynote on Goa International Airport (GOI)

Address: Airport Rd, Dabolim, Goa 403801
Code: GOI
Total area: 14 hectare
Number of Terminals: 1
Terminal Facilities: Money, Food, Duty-free stores, food court, car parking  
Nearest city:
1. Dabolim (2 km/ 1.24 miles)
2. Vasco da Gama (4 km/2.48 miles)
3. Panjim (30 km/18.64 miles)
4. Margao (23 km/14.29 miles)

List of the Main Flights at Dabolim Airport

City (Domestic)
AirAsia India, Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet
AirAsia India, Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara
AirAsia India, GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara, TruJet, Alliance Air
AirAsia India, IndiGo
AirAsia India, Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara
Air India, Alliance Air, GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet
Alliance Air

City (International)
Air Arabia
SpiceJet, Vistara, Oman Air, IndiGo
Air Arabia, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Lufthansa

Structure of Goa International Airport

The Dabolim Airport spread in the area of 688 hectares, among which only 14 hectares are being used for civil aviation. The AAI controls and maintains the entire civil aviation front of the Dabolim airport. This airport has one terminal serving both international as well as domestic passenger airlines.  

The terminal of the GOI

The Dabolim Airport’s integrated terminal building is used for both domestic and international flights. In operation since December 2013, the terminal is designed to handle close to five million passengers each year. However, the airport has surpassed this limit in the past by handling close to 7.6 million passengers in a fiscal year. With aesthetic and attractive interiors, the airport looks quite pleasing to the eye.   

Equipped with eight aerobridges, 75 check-in counters, an in-line baggage scanning system, and a host of other services – the Goa International Airport is designed to provide a seamless experience to the passengers. For international visitors, the GOI has 18 and 22 immigration counters for arrival and departure respectively. Besides that, eight customs counters and fourteen security check booths are designed to help the international guests.

The four-level Dabolim International Airport terminal has cargo handling and electricity facilities in the basement. The check-in counters are located at the ground level and the first floor is dedicated to security checks. In the second level of GOI, the waiting lounge has been designed for passengers waiting to board the aircraft.

Important Facilities Available at Goa International Airport

1. Money Exchange

The airport terminal has bureaux de change (money exchange) and an ATM located outside the arrivals area. ATM accepts almost all international and national debit cards.

2. Duty-free Shops 

The Goa International Airport has several duty-free retail outlets selling cigarettes, liquor, toiletries, perfumes, watches, electronic items, and numerous other gifts. Located at the international arrivals and departures areas, you can buy books, stationeries, and electronic items.

3. Food

There are several big and small food joints and snack bars at the airport terminal selling different Indian and international cuisines.

4. Luggage Porters

Free baggage trolleys are available at the Goa International Airport for the traveler’s convenience. Visitors can hire porters for the same.

5. Wi-Fi Internet

Goa International Airport provides high-speed internet to visitors for a fee. Additionally, there are multiple charging points available.

6. Car Parking

The huge parking facility at Goa International Airport is located just outside the main airport terminal. In the parking area, at one time, over 360 cars can park seamlessly.

7. Infrastructure for Differently-abled Visitors

The airport has wheelchairs and personal assistants for differently-able guests. Ramps and lifts are also available. Additionally, single mothers traveling with infants could also avail of these facilities.

8. Other

The terminal building has first aid and a diaper changing room for babies.

Public Transports Surrounded Goa International Airport

a. Buses

Local buses run between Panjim, Chicalim, Margao, Calangute, and Vasco da Gama. These buses are not frequent and are often crowded. Usually, these trips from Goa International Airport cost around INR 100. Tickets for these trips can be collected from the bus ticket checker.

P.S: Since bus routes are subjected to change, visitors can always approach the state transport counter at the airport. 

b. Taxi

Pre-paid and app-based taxis are available and would take the passengers to their desired destination. The pre-paid taxi service kiosk and taxi bay are positioned just outside the airport terminal. It is recommended to opt for either of the services.

c. Shuttle

Daily twice shuttle services run between Goa International Airport-Calangute-Panaji- Airport. The fare is especially low (approximately INR 150).

How to reach the nearest railway station from Goa airport?

The nearest railway station to Dabolim Airport is Vasco da Gama and can be reached easily. Passengers can either book a cab or auto to reach the destination. Fare is usually INR 500 to INR 600 for the one-way trip. However, the prices are subjected to change. 

Traveling from Goa Airport to Baga Beach

Baga beach is just one hour and 12 minutes’ drive away from the airport. There are multiple taxis available from the taxi bay, which can be boarded for a fee. 

One of the busiest airports of India, Dabolim Airport is mostly the first and last stop for tourists coming in or going out of Goa. Equipped with state-of-art infrastructure and better connectivity, Goa International Airport could become a pleasant start to your exciting holiday. 

Nearby Attraction:

Naval Aviation Museum – Discover the Evolution of the Indian Naval Air Army