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Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today informed that Kushinagar Airport has gotten necessary clearances from DGCA to become third licensed international airport of Uttar Pradesh.
The airport is situated in Kushinagar district in the state. It is located in 52 km east of Gorakhpur Airport. It was announced on 24 June 2020 that the airport will be recognised as international airport.
It will be India's 29th International Airport and fourth of Uttar Pradesh after Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport of Lucknow; Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport of Varanasi; and under construction Noida International Greenfield Airport (Jewar International Airport).
The airport also has strategic importance as it is close to the International Border.
The state government plans to develop the airport to cater to international tourists who visit this site. The government has acquired 650 acres of land for this project at a cost of Rs 180 crores.