Air India Decision Will Boost Aviation Sector: Prime Minister On Kushinagar Airport Opening.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. The airport was built to connect Buddhist pilgrimage sites around the world, as well as to facilitate pilgrims’ journey to the final resting place of Lord Buddha.
The Prime Minister praised the recent Air India-Tata deal, calling it a “big step” for the Indian aviation sector. “An important step was recently taken regarding Air India to manage the country’s aviation sector in a professional manner and prioritize facilities and safety. This step will give new energy to the Indian aviation sector, ”said ANI.
Opening the new airport, Prime Minister Modi said it will “benefit everyone,” from farmers, animal breeders and traders, to local workers and industrialists. “It will create a business ecosystem. Tourism will obtain the maximum benefit, it will generate employment for young people here, ”he said.
“The effort will be to have a network of more than 200 airports, heliports, and water domes in the nation in the next 3-4 years,” added the Prime Minister.
Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh is the final resting place of Gautama Buddha, where he reached Mahaparinirvana after his death and is among the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists.
SpiceJet will soon begin operating a direct flight between Delhi and Kushinagar.
“It is (Kushinagar International Airport) a great gesture from Prime Minister Modi and especially to invite Srilankan airlines to be the first international airline to land at Kushinagar International Airport,” Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister told PTI. , Namal Rajapaksa.
The airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 260 million and the new terminal building spans 3,600 square meters. It has been developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in partnership with the government of Uttar Pradesh.
The new terminal has a capacity for 300 passengers during peak hours.
“The airport will help attract more Buddhist followers from home and abroad to Kushinagar and enhance the development of the Buddhist-themed circuit.
“The journey of Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Shravasti, Rajgir, Sankisa, and Vaishali from the Buddhist circuit will be covered in less time,” the civil aviation ministry said in a statement on Monday.