Kushinagar International Airport to allow direct aviation connectivity to boost tourism in the state

Kushinagar is the international Buddhist pilgrimage centre and also the centre point of the Buddhist circuit, which consists of pilgrimage sites at Lumbini, Sarnath and Gaya.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's 29th international and UP's third international airport in Kushinagar on 20 October. The inauguration took place in the presence of Sri Lankan PM Mahindra Rajapaksa's son and a 125-member delegation. This airport aims to boost tourism on the Buddhist circuit as the place is known for Gautam Buddha's Mahaparinirvana. 

The inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport is marked with the flights from Colombo, Sri Lanka, which carried a Sri Lankan delegation of over 100 Buddhist monks and dignitaries, including 12 members of the holy relic retinue to bring the holy Buddha relics for exposition. The airport is spread across 3,600 sqm and has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 260 crore. It can handle 300 passengers during peak hours.

Kushinagar is the international Buddhist pilgrimage centre and also the centre point of the Buddhist circuit, which consists of pilgrimage sites at Lumbini, Sarnath, and Gaya. This airport will enable direct aviation connectivity with South Asian countries. It will be easier for the tourist arriving from Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Singapore, etc. to reach Kushinagar and experience the rich heritage of the region.