Airport Authority of India to take over Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh
Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 5th March 2019 with State Government of Uttar Pradesh for taking over the development and operationsalization of existing Kushinagar Airport, which belongs to State Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. It was revealed by AAI in a press release.
The MoU was signed by Surya Pal Gangwar, Special Secretary of Civil Aviation, Govt of Uttar Pradesh and G D Gupta, ED (Planning), AAI at AAI Corporate office, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, New Delhi. Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI and senior officials of AAI were present on the occasion.
Kushinagar Airport is located at a distance of 50 Kms from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. It is an important destination on Buddhist Circuit for devotees visiting from all over the world. AAI has agreed to take over the existing non-operational airport at Kushinagar spread over an area of 589 acres along with existing infrastructure like runway, apron etc., for its development and operationalization to enhance air connectivity in the region.
Bids have been received for operation of flights to Lucknow and Gaya from Kushinagar under UDAN-3.