HIGHLIGHTS:

  • PM Modi will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport on October 20, 2021
  • The Kushinagar Airport has a new terminal building spread across 3600 sqm, at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crores
  • The airport aims to create employment for local people by opening an immense amount of opportunities in feeder transport services, and local guide jobs
  • PM Modi is also scheduled to attend a program at the Buddhist site of Mahaparinirvana Stupa and Temple after the inauguration

On October 20, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport in UP. Following the inauguration, the airport will get operational this week to ease cumbersome travel of earlier times and facilitate the air travel requirements of International Buddhist pilgrims in India. Sources claimed that the inaugural flight will land at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka carrying 125 dignitaries and Buddhist Monks.

The Kushinagar Airport has a new terminal building spread across 3600 sqm, at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crores. The new terminal is equipped to handle 300 passengers during peak hours. Kushinagar is an International Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre, where Lord Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana.

Experts claimed that the airport will help in attracting more followers of Buddhism from home and abroad to Kushinagar and will enhance the development of a Buddhist theme-based circuit. The airport will also facilitate pilgrims from across different parts of the world by providing seamless connectivity to various Buddhist sites in the region, and the tourism flow is expected to rise by 20 percent. Direct aviation connectivity with South Asian countries will make it easier for tourists arriving from Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore to reach Kushinagar and experience the rich heritage of the region.

Adding to the list, the Kushinagar International Airport also aims to boost the economic development of the region. It will create employment for local people by opening an immense amount of opportunities in feeder transport services, and local guide jobs. Local industry and products will get global recognition.

Furthermore, the development of the airport at Kushinagar will help in developing Kushinagar as one of the four principal places of Buddhist Pilgrimage. It will help to impart Kushinagar the pre-eminence it deserves as part of the Buddhist Circuit.

PM Modi is also scheduled to attend a program at the Buddhist site of Mahaparinirvana Stupa and Temple after the inauguration of the Airport. Tourism is also organizing a tourism promotional event at Kushinagar in which key tour operators handling Buddhist Circuit will participate.

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