Kushinagar International Airport Inaugurated by PM Modi
Kushinagar International Airport Inaugurated by PM Modi

Kushinagar International Airport in UP was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi today with a flight from Sri Lanka becoming the first to land.

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“In order to develop the places associated with Lord Buddha, for better connectivity, special attention is being given by India today on the creation of facilities for the devotees. The development of Kushinagar is in the priorities of the UP government and the central government,” said the Prime Minister.

In his speech, PM Modi highlighted how the Kushinagar airport would enhance a regional economy and provide new job opportunities.

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There have been nine new airports and terminals built-in UP alone, including this airport. As well as Jewar Airport, which will be India’s biggest airport, work on the project is proceeding at a record pace,” said the Prime Minister.

Across the globe, Buddhist followers make their way to Kushinagar as a pilgrimage center. Gautama Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana at this final resting place, making it a very important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

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Namal Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s sports minister, who arrived with a Lankan delegation of over 100 Buddhist monks at the airport, told the media, “I strongly support PM Modi’s decision to open the Kushinagar airport for international flights.”

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Domestic pilgrims, as well as international pilgrims, will benefit from seamless connectivity to Lord Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana sthal, which was built for an estimated cost of * 260 crore.

As a result, the project will benefit nearby districts in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, boosting employment and investment opportunities.

On the occasion, members of the UP governor’s team, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, and several other dignitaries were present.

Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh was declared an international airport by the Union Cabinet led by the Prime Minister in June 2020.

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