Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Uttar Pradesh gets its 3rd international airport at Kushinagar

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday got its third international airport with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issuing the aerodrome licence for public use to Kushinagar airport.

A key city of the Buddhist tourism circuit, this new facility is expected to boost connectivity for visitors. Lucknow and Varanasi are so far the two international airports in the state.

“Kushinagar Airport gets necessary clearances from DGCA to become third licensed international airport of UP. Will boost tourism in the region and facilitate travel on Buddhist circuit by providing direct aviation connectivity to the city where Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana,” Union aviation minister H S Puri tweeted on Tuesday.

According to the Union aviation ministry, Kushinagar airport site was handed over for operations to Airports Authority of India (AAI) in October 2019 and a regional connectivity scheme terminal was completed a year later. AAI then applied for aerodrome license which it got on Tuesday.

“Renowned the world over as the holy city where Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana, Kushinagar is a popular pilgrimage destination. The airport will now open new avenues for tourism & economic activities in the region,” the ministry tweeted.

23/02/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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