Saturday, September 11, 2021

Govt announces budget of Rs 255 crore for Kushinagar International Airport, flights may start from October

Gorakhpur: Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday announced a budget of Rs 255 crore for Kushinagar International Airport. He said that the flights are expected to start from Kushinagar International Airport from October.

The airport director said, “Although the minister has announced the budget, we do not have details about the expenditure. However, the funds will certainly be used in completion of the remaining work.”

The runway, terminal building, ATC, fire, electricity substation and optical fibre work are already complete. Appointments of officer grade, technical and administrative staff have also been done. ILS (Instrument Landing System) and DVOR (Doppler Very High Frequency Omni Range) have to be installed, and the demand for installation of ILS has been sent, informed the airport director.

Airport Authority of India has demanded 34 acres of land from the state government for ILS. Joint magistrate Purna Bohra said that as per the demand, the process of acquisition of land is underway.

The airport is spread across 600 acres of land. In June, 2020, Kushinagar airport was given the international status, and in February, 2021, the airport got all necessary clearances from the directorate of general of civil aviation to be recognized as an international airport.

11/09/21 Times of India

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