Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Kushinagar Airport Inaugurated: UP to soon become only state in India with 5 international airports

PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh. The Kushinagar Airport is the third International Airport in the state and a direction in the making U.P. the only state in the country to have five international airports.

The Kushinagar International Airport is the third international airport apart from operational airports in Lucknow and Varanasi. While the Lucknow airport handles flights to international destinations like Middle Eastern countries including Oman, Kuwait, UAE among others; Varanasi Airport handles flights to Thailand, Nepal among others. 

The inaugural flight at the Kushinagar International Airport operated from Colombo, Sri Lanka carrying 125 dignitaries and Buddhist Monks. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was also part of the first international landing at the airport. Further flights will be announced to more international destinations. 

The Kushinagar Airport will give impetus to the religious tourism in the state, with Kushinagar being the Mahaparinirvan of Lord Buddha. Buddhist Pilgrims from across the globe, and more specifically from East Asia are likely to boost tourism in the state.

A huge influx from countries like Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore among other countries is expected once the airport is fully operational. As for the rest of the upcoming international airports, Uttar Pradesh will soon get airports in Noida and Ayodhya, giving an impetus to foreign trade and travel.

20/10/21 Arjit Garg/ZeeNews

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