The Union Cabinet just recently announced that the Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh will be deemed as an international airport, making it India’s 29th International airport.
The decision headed by the Prime Minister of India is being seen as a developmental move which is a part of the 20-lakh crore economic stimulus to boost the nation’s pandemic-stuck economy.
The airport will aid in the state’s tourism, especially of Kushinagar, which is in the vicinity of other important sites like Kapilavastu Lumbini and Gaya, significant to the Buddhists.
Direct international connectivity to Kushinagar will substantially increase the number of foreign & domestic tourists to the region.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) June 24, 2020
This will also provide impetus to economic development of the region by enabling growth of tourism & hospitality ecosystem in the area.
Moreover, Kushinagar is a part of the ‘Buddhist Circuit’ (a route that follows footsteps of the Buddha in India) and is reportedly visited by hundreds of millions of practicing Buddhists from different countries. The need for an international airport in the region was long demanded by the tourists.
“Kushinagar Airport is located in the vicinity of several Buddhist Cultural Sites like Sravasti, Kapilvastu, Lumbini (Kushinagar itself is a Buddhist cultural site) and declaration as an “International Airport” will offer improved connectivity, a wider choice of competitive costs to the air-travelers. It will result in boosting domestic/international tourism and economic development of the regions,” the Cabinet wrote in an official statement.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked the government saying: “The move will help boost tourism in UP due to airport’s proximity to Shravasti, Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Sarnath and Gaya tourist places”.
Kushinagar in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh is a very significant location for the Buddhists and the followers of the Buddha. It is believed that the great man attained Nirvana in Kushinagar.
The place is an international tourist destination, with Buddhists from all over the world, especially Asia, try to visit the place once in their lifetime.
According to government sources, every day 300 tourists from countries like Myanmar, Japan, Cambodia, and Thailand visit Kushinagar, NDTV reports.