today has approved the naming of the Lucknow Airport as “Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport”.
The Lucknow airport belongs to Airports Authority
of India (AAI). It has a terminal
building with capacity to handle 500 passengers. The existing runway at Lucknow airport is suitable for operation
upto A-300 class of aircraft. Besides domestic flights, limited international
operations also take place from this airport. For this purpose, Lucknow airport has also been notified as
a ‘Customs airport’.
The normal practice with the AAI has
been to retain the name of the city, which it serves, for the airport, as it is
helpful to the tourists, specially foreign tourists. However, in the past, some airports in important
cities have been named, with the approval of the Union Cabinet, after the eminent
personalities belonging to the area, as under:
Ahmedabad airport as “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport” on 07.12.1998.
Patna airport as “Jai Prakash Narayan Airport” on 22.12.1996.
old Hyderabad airport:
renovated and expanded old building terminal was named as “N.T. Rama Rao Terminal” on 17.06.1999;
terminal building commissioned in March 1997was named as “Rajiv
Gandhi Terminal” on 17.06.1999.
Udaipur airport as “Maharana Pratap Airport” on 28.08.1997.
Bhubaneshwar airport as “Biju Patnaik Airport” on 17.04.1998.
Guwahati airport as “Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport” on 23.08.1998.
Ranchi airport as “Birsa Munda Airport” on 27.05.2000.
Indore airport as “Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport” on 05.03.2001.
Port Blair Airport, Bhopal airport and Gwalior
Civil Air Terminal renamed as “Veer Savarkar Airport”, “Raja Bhoj Airport” and “Rajmata
Vijayayraje Schindia Terminal”, respectively,
on 18th December, 2001.
Greenfield airport at Shamshabad
near Hyderabad as “Rajiv Gandhi International Airport” on 16th
Nagpur airport has been renamed as “Dr. Babasahed Ambedkar International
Airport, Nagpur” on 5th
Leh airport as “Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport, Leh” on
Varanasi airport as “Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Varanasi” on 20th
is besides the cases of international airports such as Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi; Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai; Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata;
and Anna International Terminal and Kamraj Domestic
Terminal at Chennai airport.
Requests had been received by the Ministry
of Civil Aviation, in the past, from Government of Uttar Pradesh for naming of
Lucknow airport as “Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow”.
These requests were examined in light of the above practice and the contribution
of Chaudhary Charan Singh
to the nation. Chaudhary Charan
Singh was the 7th Prime Minister of the country. He was also an eminent freedom fighter and the
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He was
known for his simplicity, honesty and special commitment to the cause of farmers.
His contribution to enforcing and implementation of Zamindari
Abolition and Land Reforms Act is unforgettable.
Keeping in view Chaudhary Charan
Singh’s contribution to the Nation and his special association with the State
Pradesh, the Government has thought it appropriate to name the airport,
in the capital of the State of Uttar Pradesh, after him.
(Release ID :40466)