February 25: After getting the necessary clearances from the aviation regulator DGCA, Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh will now be able to operate international flights from the facility. This was stated by the minister of state for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri earlier on Tuesday.

In June last year, the Union Cabinet had approved the airport’s status as an ‘international facility’. It also stated that the airport will offer connectivity to the important Buddhist pilgrimage site. After the beginning of this airport’s international services, the Kushinagar airport will become the third one in the state to provide a functional international facility.

Currently, the first two airports in the state are Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at Lucknow and Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport at Varanasi. Other than these ones, another one coming up in future will be at Jewar at Gautambudh Nagar.

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Giving them information about the upcoming international airport in the state, Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri took to Twitter. His post read, “Kushinagar to become 3rd licensed international airport of UP. Will boost tourism in the region and facilitate travel on the Buddhist circuit by providing direct aviation connectivity to the city where Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana.”

Here have a look at the minister’s post:

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