India’s Kushinagar Airport declared open
The airport is aimed at boosting tourism on the Buddhist circuit, as the ancient city of Kushinagar is the final resting place of Gautama Buddha, where he attained Mahaparinirvana after his death.
“Kushinagar International Airport is the result of decades of aspiration and effort. My happiness is two-fold today. This is the moment of fulfilling a commitment towards the people of Purvanchal,” said PM Modi after inaugurating the Kushinagar airport, the third international airport in Uttar Pradesh.
He noted that the Kushinagar International Airport won’t just be a mode of air connectivity, rather it will create an ecosystem of business and generate employment opportunities for the local youth.
The inauguration of the Kushinagar International Airport was marked by the landing of the inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo.
The delegation from Sri Lanka on the inaugural flight led by Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth and Sports, Minister of Development Co-ordination and Monitoring and State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development. It will also consist of four State Ministers and one MP in addition to close to 100 senior Buddhist monks, belonging to prominent temples spread across Sri Lanka. Senior officials from Sri Lanka also form a part of the delegation landed at the Kushinagar International Airport.