PM Narendra Modi : Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday dedicated the international airport at Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, a Buddhist pilgrimage center, to the people of the country.
With the opening of this international airport by Prime Minister Modi, Buddhists from all over the world will be able to visit Lord Mahaparinirvana. Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandi Ben Patel, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sri Lankan Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said that Air India has taken the country’s aviation sector seriously and is putting a lot of emphasis on facilities and security. He said the aviation sector would be further strengthened with the setting up of Kushinagar International Airport. SpiceJet has informed that it will start direct flights from Delhi to Kushinagar in a few weeks. It is said to be very useful for local travelers and visitors. Kushinagar International Airport is the fulfillment of decades of hopes and expectations. He said his happiness had doubled today.
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However, Sri Lankan Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa said that Buddhism was the biggest gift he had received from India. He said that Hinduism and Buddhism coexist and have deep ties and this relationship will be further strengthened with the setting up of Kushinagar International Airport. He said he was happy that the first flight to land at Kushinagar International Airport was by SriLankan Airlines and thanked Prime Minister Modi for inviting him.
Yogi Sarkar predicts that the addition of Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi will now boost tourism in the state and pave the way for more employment opportunities for locals. Kushinagar Airport has been developed by the Airports Authority of India with an area of 3600 sq m with a new terminal building as part of a sustained effort to upgrade the airport infrastructure in the country. Construction was undertaken with government assistance at an estimated cost of Rs 260 crore. The new terminal has been designed for the convenience of domestic and international visitors with a maximum capacity of 300 passengers.
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