Goa International Airport, more popularly known as Dabolim Airport, is located in the city of Dabolim in the state of Goa, India. It is located four kilometres southeast of Vasco da Gama and 29 kilometers southwest of Panaji. It is the only airport in the state of Goa and is uniquely shared with military as its air base and as a civil enclave. It is India's 9th biggest airport, serving around four million passengers every year. It has an estimated 1,200 international flights annually, including a percentage of India's international charter tourist flights. It is estimated that there are more than 350,000 international tourists arriving at the airport on charter flights. The airport used to have two terminals - one catering to domestic flights, and the other for international flights, and now has a new and modern terminal in operation for both domestic and international flights.
What to see & do
Goa is known for its exotic beaches and stunning temples of India, as well as it long history of Portuguese colony until 1961. Its capital city, Panjim, is full of attractions - the Fontainhas neighbourhood, a Latin Quarter, is declared a UNESCO Heritage Zone in 1984. Visit Old Goa, once the magnificent Portuguese capital of the state. Upon visiting here, see the city's well-preserved 16th-century churches, such as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses the preserved remains of Saint Frances Xavier, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, and the Se Cathedral. Explore the long stretch of Goa's sandy beaches and choose from its wide array of luxury resorts offering great parties and nightlife and its charming nipa huts providing serenity by the beach. Visiting wildlife sanctuaries are also abound, as the state's location along the mountainous Western Ghats makes it a home to a lot of animals and birds. Visiting the spice plantations around Ponda is also one of the possible highlights of one's trip to Goa. Its tropical climate and dense forests help make the soil ideal for planting and growing different kinds of spices, the most popular plantation being Savoi Plantation. Other plantations worth visiting are the Pascol Spice Village, the Abyss, the Tropical Spice Plantation, and the Sahakari Spice Farm. Don't forget to also check out the colourful markets in Goa, including the Anjuna flea market by the southern end of the Anjuan beach and the Saturday Night market in Arpora Baga area.
How to get around within Goa
The airport has a train station going to the Indian Rail line terminals that connect to the city and to other locations in India. Public buses that leave from outside the airport terminal heading to Panjim, Mapusa, Ponda, and Margoa are also available. Pre-paid taxis are also available almost everywhere around the airport and in the Panaji city centre.
How to get there
Goa International Airport is serving more than 30 airlines with regular and seasonal domestic and international flights to and from more than 40 destinations, mostly in Europe and the Middle East. Airlines that have frequent flights to and from the airport include AirAsia, AirIndia, Spicejet, Etihad, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Go Air, Qatar Airways, and Oman Air.