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