IndiGo announces new connection between North Goa and Abu Dhabi

An IndiGo Airbus A321 on climb.
Photo Credit: Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon/AviationSource

IndiGo, India’s major low-cost airline, will open services to Middle East from North Goa (MOPA Airport). Effective 2 September 2023, the airline is introducing new connections between MOPA and Abu Dhabi, aiming to enhance global connectivity and cater to the increasing demand for travel to Goa and the Middle East.

With triweekly flights, IndiGo seeks to further strengthen its connectivity in Abu Dhabi, expanding its network beyond the existing flights from five major Indian cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, and Hyderabad.

These additional routes promise to significantly improve accessibility and convenience for passengers traveling from North and West India to the cosmopolitan capital of the United Arab Emirates.

IndiGo comments on new service

Mr. Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales at IndiGo, expressed his enthusiasm about this new development in the airline’s flight offerings.

He stated, “The substantial demand in India for travel to the Middle East has not gone unnoticed, and at IndiGo, we are proactively taking steps to cater to this demand through these new connections.”

With the addition of the MOPA-Abu Dhabi flights, IndiGo will fly 52 times a week to Abu Dhabi from eight cities in India, bringing the UAE even closer for Indian travelers.

The airline is confident that both destinations will experience a significant boost in trade and tourism, promising to maintain their commitment to providing on-time, affordable, courteous, and hassle-free travel experiences across their wide network.

Exploring Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has established itself as a world-class destination, offering a perfect blend of modernity and tradition.

Renowned for its luxurious shopping centers, stunning architecture, and cultural landmarks, such as the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi has become a sought-after tourist hotspot.

The new connection between Lucknow and Ahmedabad to Abu Dhabi will now grant travelers better access to an array of tourist attractions, including Ferrari World, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, and more.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism’s ambitious plan to attract 24 million visitors by 2023 further highlights the significance of this captivating city.

With the launch of additional flights by IndiGo, travelers can look forward to more entertainment and travel options in Abu Dhabi.

Enchanting Goa: Beaches and culture

On the other end of the route lies Goa, one of India’s most beloved tourist destinations. This beautiful coastal state is famous for its pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a rich blend of cultural practices influenced by Portuguese, Maharashtrian, and Konkani heritage.

Visitors from all over the country and beyond flock to Goa to immerse themselves in its unique charm.

Goa boasts an array of attractions, including the iconic Baga, Candolim, and Calangute beaches, the lively Morjim and Arambol beaches, and the vibrant nightlife of Anjuna.

The state is also home to historical landmarks like Bom Jesus, Saint Cathedral, St. Francis, Chapel of St. Catherine, and more, showcasing its rich history and heritage.


With the announcement of new connections between MOPA (North Goa) and Abu Dhabi, IndiGo is set to transform the travel landscape for passengers from North and West India.

The addition of triweekly flights to Abu Dhabi strengthens the airline’s commitment to offering seamless travel experiences to its customers.

Travelers can now explore the opulence of Abu Dhabi’s cultural landmarks and indulge in the coastal paradise of Goa with greater ease and convenience.

IndiGo’s strategic expansion promises to enhance global connectivity and elevate the travel experience for everyone on board.

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