On October 20 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new International Airport in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh (UP). Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Minister of Civil Aviation was present to felicitate Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration ceremony. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel and other dignitaries were also present at the ceremony along with a 130-strong delegation from Sri Lanka led by Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister Namal Rajapaksa. Kushinagar has an important place on the global Buddhist map because of its rich heritage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the airport will boost connectivity and tourism as well as help develop an entire economic ecosystem in the region and create new job opportunities. The Prime Minister emphasised that the development of Kushinagar is a priority for the Government of Uttar Pradesh as well as for the Centre. To this end, special attention is being paid to develop the places associated with Lord Buddha, improve connectivity and create facilities for Buddhist devotees.
“Kushinagar International Airport is the result of decades of aspiration and effort. My happiness is two-fold today. This is the moment of fulfilling a commitment towards the people of Purvanchal,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after inaugurating the Kushinagar airport, the third international airport in UP. The inauguration of the Kushinagar International Airport was marked by the landing of the inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka, carrying a Sri Lankan delegation.