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Kushinagar International Airport Inaugurated by PM Modi on Buddhist Abhidhamma Day: All You Need To Know

Tulika Tandon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 20th 2021, has inaugurated the third of Uttar Pradesh's International Airports in Kushinagar. The inauguration ceremony is especially being held on Abhidhamma Day which is a pious Buddhist Festival. Know all about the Kushinagar International Airport, its facilities and about the Buddhist festival of Abhidhamma Day below. 

The airport is an attempt by the Indian Government to connect the Buddhist Pilgrimage site with the world. 

Take a look at what PM Modi tweeted about it yesterday. 

Tomorrow, 20th October, I would be in the sacred land of Kushinagar to inaugurate various development works that further ‘Ease of Living’ and mark the special Abhidhamma Day.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 19, 2021

Tomorrow is a special day for our infrastructure and civil aviation sector. The Kushinagar International Airport will be inaugurated, with the inaugural flight landing from Colombo, whose passengers include a group of respected monks. This airport will benefit UP and Bihar.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 19, 2021

Kushinagar International Airport Inauguration:

The inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport will take place today, that is on October 20, 2021. The inaugural flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka, carrying a Sri Lankan delegation of over 100 Buddhist monks and dignitaries would be landing at the airport to mark its beginning.  The delegation would include a 12-member holy relic entourage bringing the holy Buddha relics for exposition.

The delegation will have five ministers of the Lankan government led by cabinet minister Namal Rajapakshe.

PM Modi has reached the airport to inaugurate and here's his speech

Kushinagar airport will boost connectivity and tourism. Here is my speech.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 20, 2021

Kushinagar International Airport: All You Need To Know

  1. Uttar Pradesh has International Airports functional in Lucknow and Varanasi already. Kushinagar airport will be the third to be inaugurated followed by Jewar and Ayodhya Airport that would be inaugurated in 2024 and 2022 respectively. 
  2. Kushinagar happens to be the place where Gautama Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana or Salvation. The place was not that easily accessible due to lack of transport services but now with the airport being inaugurated, the town will become easily accessible by the world. 
  3. Director-General Civil Aviation (DGCA), on February 23, 2021, issued a licence for international flights to Kushinagar airport making it a licensed one. 
  4. It has been built at an estimated price of 260 crore rupees. 
  5. Kushinagar International Airport is going to be India's 29th International Airport.
  6. The airport is spread across 3600 square meters and its new terminal has the capacity to handle 300 passengers during peak hours.
  7. The airport would increase tourism upto 20% in Kushinagar.
  8. Kushinagar International Airport has the longest runway of 3.2 km length in the state and is 45 metres wide.
  9. It has the capacity for four arrivals and four departures of flights per hour.
  10. The airport has a 3,600 square metre interim passenger building and night flight arrangements are also being made here. 

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List of Major Airports in Uttar Pradesh


How many International Airports are in UP?

Uttar Pradesh would become the first state in India to soon have 5 operational International Airports. Currently, only 2 airports are there which is Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow and Varanasi International Airport.

Is Kushinagar Airport Functional?

Kushinagar Airport has been inaugurated by PM Modi on October 20, 2021. It will be functional after this date. The first flight has also landed at the airport from Sri Lanka

How to visit Kushinagar?

Kushinagar happens to be a major Buddhist Pilgrimage Site that is not connected through Kushinagar International Airport. The flights are not as such functional at night but one can easily find flights in the daytime. It has good connectivity with the city as well.

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