The newly-inaugurated airport in Ayodhya as received a status of an International Airport. The airport has also received approval for being named after the writer of Ramayana – Maharishi Valmiki.
Ayodhya Airport is now International Airport
Union Cabinet chaired by Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received recognition of being an International Airport. Realizing Ayodhya’s economic potential and its significance as a global pilgrimage site will depend on elevating Ayodhya Airport to international status and welcoming tourists and pilgrims from around the world.
Along with this, the proposal to rename Ayodhya Airport after Maharishi Valmiki has been approved by the same cabinet. The airport will now be called as ‘Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhyadham’. As per the statement from Prime Minister Office, this new name pays tribute to Sage Valmiki, who wrote the epic Ramayana.
With its rich cultural heritage, Ayodhya is well-positioned to grow into a major economic center and a popular destination for pilgrims. The potential of the airport to draw tourists and businesses from abroad is consistent with the historical significance of the city.
On December 30th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Civil Aviation General VK Singh and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the newly built airport. As of now, only Phase-1 construction has been completed. The airport has a single runway capable of handling aircraft like Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. It currently has an annual capacity of 1 million passengers and can handle 600 passengers in peak hours.
In next phase of expansion, the terminal will be able to handle 5 million annual passengers, with peak hour capability increasing by five times. It will be capable of handling aircraft like Boeing 777 and Airbus A350.
On December 30th, the airport received first scheduled flight. IndiGo conducted the maiden landing followed by Air India Express. Both the airline have already announced their schedules to connect Ayodhya to 5 Indian airports.
Here are the flights to be operated by IndiGo :
🔵Daily flights to Delhi with effect from January 10
🔵Daily flights to Mumbai with effect from January 15
🔵Thrice weekly flights to Ahmedabad with effect from January 11
Here are the flights to be operated by Air India Express :
🟠Daily flights to Delhi with effect from January 16
🟠Thrice weekly flights to Kolkata with effect from January 17
🟠Thrice weekly flights to Bengaluru with effect from January 17
Source : PMO India