Thursday, February 25, 2021

Kushinagar Airport gets DGCA licence for international flights

Gorakhpur: The Kushinagar Airport has been granted the licence to operate international flights and has now become the third such airport in Uttar Pradesh after Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow, and Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi.The airport got all necessary clearances from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and its director general Arun Kumar handed over the licence to Kushinagar Airport director A K Dwivedi in New Delhi on Tuesday.

“Kushinagar Airport has become the third international airport of Uttar Pradesh and the 87th in India,” airport director AK Dwivedi told TOI.

“Kushinagar Airport has been issued a 4C license from DGCA and now both domestic and international flights would operate from the airport. We are in contact with a number of airlines and discussions are on. We are ready for the flights and it is up to the Union Government now to decide the date of the airport’s inauguration,” Dwivedi added.

Three months ago, a DGCA team had visited Kushinagar Airport and pointed out 21 points on which the airport was lacking, DGCA had informed Airport Authority of India (AAI) and asked it to take necessary corrective action.

All the objections raised by DGCA were addressed after which the application for licence was filed again. The DGCA team inspected the airport and gave clearance for issuing the licence.

Union minister for civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said in a tweet, “Kushinagar Airport gets necessary clearances from DGCA to become the third licensed international airport of UP. Will boost tourism in the region and facilitate travel on the Buddhist Circuit by providing direct aviation connectivity to the city where Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana.”

25/02/21 Times of India

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