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India’s successful vaccination is a confidence booster for international tourism: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the rapid strides the country has made in vaccination of almost 100 crore will act as a major confidence booster to tourists from across the world to come to India for leisure and business purposes. The Prime Minister was speaking after dedicating the Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh to the nation.

He said that the Kushinagar International Airport is a major infrastructure development connected with Buddhist pilgrimage. He said that the airport will transform Kushinagar as the hub of Buddhist pilgrimage in coming days.

Special plane carrying VIP guests and Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka to land as part of inaugural event where the PM would be Chief Guest.

Saying that an international airport at Kushinagar was a long dream of the region and over 5 crore people, the Prime Minister said that the airport was his commitment to the people. Better connectivity and facilities for pilgrims have been given priority by both the Centre and State governments. Apart from enhancing the air connectivity for pilgrims, the Kushinagar airport will open up new vistas of opportunities in trade and investment in the region, he said. It will also open up new employment opportunities in the service sector related to travel and tourism, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister stressed on the importance of modern infrastructure related to air, road, rail and waterways for the growth of tourism. He also emphasised on the safety and hygiene issues at destinations.

Inaugural flight at Kushinagar Airport will land from Sri Lanka with 125 dignitaries. A tourism promotional event will also be organised at Kushinagar in which key tour operators handling Buddhist Circuits will participate.

Explaining the success of the UDAN programme of regional connectivity since it was launched four years ago, the Prime Minister said that over 900 new routes have been approved and services have been started in over 300 of them. 50 new airports have been revived in the last 5 years, he informed.

Terming the decision to disinvest Air India as a major one associated with the Civil Aviation in the country, the Prime Minister said that the decision will infuse a new energy and dynamism in the sector.

With the new initiatives in the civil aviation sector like opening defence airspace for civilian use, the drone policy, etc., the Prime Minister said that Indian civil aviation sector will see addition of 1,000 airplanes over the next few years.

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