Dabolim Airport

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Dabolim Airport ( Dabollim Vimantoll, pronounced ) is located in the village of Dabolim in Goa, India. It is the only airport in the state and operates as a civil enclave in a military airbase named INS Hansa.

History

The airport was built by the government of the Estado da Índia Portuguesa in the 1950s on . Until 1961 it served as the main hub for the local airline TAIP Transportes Aéreos da Índia Portuguesa, which on a regular schedule served Karachi, Mozambique, Timor, and other destinations.

During the Indian invasion of Goa, in December, 1961, the airport was bombarded by the Indian Air Force with part of the infrastructures being destroyed. Two civilian planes that were in the airport, one from TAP Portugal and the other from TAIP managed to escape during the night to Karachi.

In April 1962, it was occupied by the Indian Navy's air wing when Major General K.P. Candeth, who had led the successful military operation into Goa, "handed over" the airport to the Indian Navy before relinquishing charge as its military governor to a Lieutenant Governor of the then Union Territory of Goa in June.

The earliest international (i.e., non-Portuguese) tourists to Goa may have been the flower children of the 1960s. They used the overland route, by road or rail, from Bombay (now Mumbai), detouring via Poona (now Pune), to north Goa's secluded beaches. A sea route was also available. For civilian air travel out of Vasco da...
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