After Lucknow and Varanasi, now Kushinagar has got an international airport as the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced international licence for Kushinagar.
It is expected that Ayodhya airport will soon join the list.
The expansion of air connectivity and regional connectivity has increased in Uttar Pradesh as already the state has seven airports in Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra, Gorakhpur, Kanpur Nagar, Prayagraj and Hindon that are functional and the one in Bareilly will be added to the list on March 8.
The details of the expansion of air services in UP was presented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a meeting with the NITI Aayog last week.
The Uttar Pradesh government came out with its new civil aviation policy in 2017. It aimed at promoting the overall development of the civil aviation sector in UP and generating greater business and employment opportunities.
The government is also working on developing 10 more airports in the state. The airports at Azamgarh, Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Moradabad, Sonbhadra, Shravasti, Ayodhya, Kushinagar and Saharanpur (Sarsawan) are under construction and will be operational soon.
"Direct air services will be available to various countries of the world from Lucknow, Varanasi, Ayodhya, Kushinagar and Gautam Buddha Nagar," an official said.
"Once all the 17 airports become functional, the state will get a connectivity boost, upswing in tourism and employment will come through automatically," UP Civil Aviation Secretary Surendra Singh said.