Goa is a prominent beach destination of South Asia where people from all over the world come to enjoy sun and sand. Winters are generally the time when there is a great rush of travelers as they come from the northern countries having cooler climes in winters than are present in Goa. Add to it the opportunities of fun and frolic and Goa provides all that makes for a perfect vacation.
Interestingly, a major part of the international travelers who come to Goa arrive on Chartered flights. As per statistics of 2013, out of a total number of 4.45 lakh international tourists, a vast majority came via chartered flights. So, the direct traffic that lands here from scheduled flights is less. There have been efforts to provide direct connectivity to Dabolim airport so that number of free independent travelers can increase as well.
A recent step that will meet this end is the launch of a new flight from Abu Dhabi to Goa by Jet Airways, the only other full service international carrier of India besides Air India. With the introduction of this flight, the total number of Middle East cities that connect Goa have increased to 5. Dubai, Sharjah, Kuwait and Doha already offer this direct connectivity.