UP’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Sunday, said that International flight operations from Kushinagar Airport will begin in the next few months, according to a report by the state government.
On June 24, the Union Cabinet approved the status of Kushinagar Airport as an international facility and declared that it would offer improved connections to the important Buddhist pilgrimage site.
Yogi Adityanath met Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday in Kushinagar and discussed the progress of the project.
“International flights from this airport will start operating within the next two months,” Yogi Adityanath was quoted as saying in the government statement.
Once this airport starts offering international flights, it will be the state’s fourth international facility.
There are currently two international airports – Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow and Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi – operating in the state, the UP government said.
An international airport is under construction in Gautam Buddh Nagar.
“Kushinagar is the central point of the Buddhist cycle. A large number of followers of Buddhism come here as Lord Buddha reached Mahanirvana here. He gave his first sermon in Sarnath,” said Yogi Adityanath.
People from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Japan, Singapore and other countries wanted a flight connection with Kushinagar, he said.
Mr. Puri said, “Air service approval has been granted on 18 new routes. Apart from that, more airports are being built/developed.”