The Kushinagar International Airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crore and will facilitate domestic and international pilgrims to visit the Mahaparinirvana that of Lord Buddha. The airport was marked by the landing of a flight from Colombo carrying a Sri Lankan delegation of over a hundred Buddhist monks and dignitaries.
Under Civil Aviation minister JM Scindia said Kushinagar will have direct flights to Delhi four times weekly from November 26 and then Mumbai and Kolkata will also get direct flights to this city from December 18. Under regional connectivity scheme UDAN, Spicejet and Truejet have been awarded flights to connect Kushinagar with Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, prayagraj, Gaya, Bareilly, Saharanpur and Hindon ( near Delhi).
This airport is spread across 3600 sq.m. The new terminal is equipped to handle 300 passengers during peak hours. Tourism inflow is expected to rise by up to 20 per cent with the inauguration of the flight.
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