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Air travel between Delhi, Kushinagar to begin from November 26

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Lucknow, Nov 24 (MNN) Air travel between Delhi and Kushinagar is slated to be launched on November 26, the Uttar Pradesh government said on Wednesday.

A SpiceJet flight will take off from the national capital for the Kushinagar International airport in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh at noon on Friday, reducing the 14-hour 876-km road journey to nearly one and a half hours of air travel.

According to officials, the fare for the Delhi-Kushinagar flights slated to take off on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays will range between Rs 3,500 and Rs 4,000.

Officials said that they are also gearing up to commence flight operations from Kushinagar to Kolkata and Mumbai from December 17 and 18 respectively. For this, SpiceJet has issued a schedule that is approved by the Airport Authority of India.

SpiceJet aircraft will take off from Kolkata at 1.35 pm on December 17 and reach Kushinagar at 3.20 pm. The return flight from Kushinagar will take off at 3.40 pm and land in Kolkata at 5.15 pm.

Air service between Kushinagar-Mumbai will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Similarly, on December 18, SpiceJet’s first flight from Mumbai to Kushinagar will take off at 12.10 pm and land at 2.25 pm. The return flight will take off at 3 pm and land in Mumbai at 5.35 pm.

Flight facility between Kushinagar and Mumbai will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Kushinagar International Airport on October 20 and welcomed a Sri Lanka delegation which landed at the airport on the first flight.

Kushinagar is an important place for Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world as it is believed that Gautam Buddha attained ‘nirvana’ there more than 2,500 years ago.

It provides connectivity to many places on Buddhist pilgrimage circuit such as Lumbini in Rupandehi district of Nepal, Sarnath in Varanasi, Shravasti near Bahraich, and Bodhgaya, Rajgir, and Vaishali in Bihar.

The state government has claimed that operation of new airports in Uttar Pradesh is already bringing in investment, helping setting up of industries and creating employment in eastern UP, ensuring its socio-economic development.

At present, Uttar Pradesh has eight operational airports, while 13 others and seven airstrips are being developed. The operational airports handling commercial flights in Uttar Pradesh are Lucknow, Varanasi, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Agra, Kanpur, Prayagraj, and Hindon (Ghaziabad).

The PM will lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (Jewar airport) on November 25.

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