Lucknow: The Kushinagar international airport comprises the longest runway of about 3.2 KMS and RS 260 Crore has been spent in building it. The airport is spread over an area of about 590 acres and was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday. This international airport is built at a cost of about 260 Crores and it is the first airport in the state which has a runway length of 3.2 KMS and comprises a width of 45 meters.
Kushinagar airport has all kinds of world-class facilities. It comprises of an eight storied state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC), which is built for a cost of Rs 17.5 crores and now it has become fully operational at the airport, and on the other hand, the navigation system which will lead to a safe landing and the take-off of the flights at the airport has successfully passed the trials. This international airport will provide direct connectivity with the South Asian Countries, which will also provide an advantage, especially for the Buddhist pilgrims as they can complete their visit to the Buddhist circuit located in northern India.
Moreover, it will also help in boosting tourism along with hospitality sectors, as it will lead to an opening of more opportunities for the youth in these sectors. On the other hand, with the opening of this airport the travelers arriving from Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam can easily visit the Sarnath, Shravasti, Body Gaya, Lumbini, Vaishali, Kesariya, and Sankisa will lead to a considerably lesser time.
The airport authorities on the other hand have indulged a large workforce who are being trained for the enhancement of the tourist’s experience which is under the Ministry of Tourism’ incredible India. And according to the experts in the tourism industry, this international airport will provide a direct development and will give a fillip of Improvement for the Eastern Uttar Pradesh aviation, and with this, the tourism and the hospitality are set to boom.
The Buddhist circuit in India is mainly located in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and it will directly draw a huge amount of pilgrims especially from South East Asia. But however due to the outbreak of Coronavirus the flow of the tourists has been severely affected. With the opening of this international airport, it will directly lead to a boost of tourism in the Purvanchal region, and along with that the flow of international tourists is expected to increase from 15% to 20% in the upcoming years.
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