PM Modi To Inaugurate Kushinagar Airport In Uttar Pradesh To Ease Travel For Buddhist Pilgrims

by Suchismita Pal
PM Modi To Inaugurate Kushinagar Airport In Uttar Pradesh To Ease Travel For Buddhist Pilgrims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall inaugurate Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar international airport on October 20. This airport will facilitate the travel requirements for Buddhist pilgrims in India.  The inaugural flight from Colombo in Sri Lanka will land at the Kushinagar international airport on October 20, ferrying 125 dignitaries and Buddhist monks. Kushinagar is a global pilgrimage centre for Buddhists. It houses revered pilgrimage sites like Gaya, Sarnath and Lumbini.  Kushinagar is the place where Lord Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana.

Kushinagar Airport Is India’s 29th International Airport

The 590-acre Kushinagar International Airport, also known as the Padrauna Airport is in the Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh. It attained the recognition of an international airport under the Chairmanship of Honorable PM Shri Narendra Modi on June 24, 2020. It is the 29th international airport in India and the fourth in UP, including Noida’s under construction Jewar Airport. As per reports, after completion, the Jewar Airport will be India’s largest airport with six runways.

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Significance Of The Kushinagar Airport As An International Airport

A large number of youths from eastern UP and Bihar fly to Gulf nations for employment and other purposes, and the Kushinagar International Airport, once open, will make their travelling easier. The Kushinagar Airport is in proximity to the International Border. It is near a prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Gautam Buddha had attained Parinirvana after death. Kushinagar town is an important place for Buddhists. International tourists who wish to visit Kushinagar and other nearby pilgrimage sites like Lumbini, Kapilvastu and Sravasti can take the route via the airport. Under the UDAN scheme, Kushinagar will also be connected to Gaya and Lucknow.

 Kushinagar International Airport
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So, if you’re planning to go on an international trip from Uttar Pradesh, the Kushinagar airport will come to your rescue. Meanwhile, here’s an inside look of Singapore’s Changi Airport, the world’s best airport: