Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju
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In a recent announcement, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that in next 15 months, Uttar Pradesh will get nine more airports. He said this during the recently concluded UP Investors Summit.

Addressing the summit, Raju said that out of 25, UP got nine routes finalised by the Centre under the regional connectivity scheme. These airports will come in Aligarh, Azamgarh, Bareilly, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Moradabad, Myurpur (Sonbhadra), Allahabad and Shravasti.

He further said, “Only one percent population of Uttar Pradesh travels by air that is why there is a huge untapped passenger potential. Air traffic is increasing in UP at a rate of 28.8% while cargo is going up by 32%. This is when most of the potential remains untapped.”

Apart from these 9 airports, soon maintenance, repair, and operations units will start at Lucknow airport which will give services for aircraft at the lowest possible rates not only in India but globally too. Helipads would be developed at tourist destinations like Vrindavan, Mathura, Naimisharanya, Chandra Prabha, Mahoba, Chunar, and Deogarh.

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GK Chaukiyal, executive director (regional connectivity), AAI, who was also present at the investors summit said, “In next five years, civil aviation sector will provide 50,000 jobs. While Jewar international airport will come up in 5000-hectare area, Kushinagar airport will be spread in 1000 hectare area. Jewar airport will see about 1,000 landing and take-offs in a day.”

He further said that the government would invest Rs 15,000 crore in Jewar airport and cargo hub and Rs 354 crore in Kushinagar airport.

With all these announcements, UP will surely be going to see a grand new era of development in coming few years.