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Ministry of Civil Aviation17-July, 2008 13:52 IST
Lucknow Airport Named “Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport”

The Government 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:

(i)                   Ahmedabad airport as “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport” on 07.12.1998.

(ii)                 Patna airport as “Jai Prakash Narayan Airport” on 22.12.1996.

(iii)                At old Hyderabad airport:

(a)                 The renovated and expanded old building terminal was named as “N.T. Rama Rao Terminal” on 17.06.1999; and

(b)                 The terminal building commissioned in March 1997was named as “Rajiv Gandhi Terminal” on 17.06.1999.

(iv)                Udaipur airport as “Maharana Pratap Airport” on 28.08.1997.

(v)                  Bhubaneshwar airport as “Biju Patnaik Airport” on 17.04.1998.

(vi)                Guwahati airport as “Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport” on 23.08.1998.

(vii)               Ranchi airport as “Birsa Munda Airport” on 27.05.2000.

(viii)             Indore airport as “Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport” on 05.03.2001.

(ix)               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.

(x)                 New Greenfield airport at Shamshabad near Hyderabad as “Rajiv Gandhi International Airport” on 16th March, 2005.

(xi)               Nagpur airport has been renamed as “Dr. Babasahed Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur” on 5th May, 2005.

(xii)              Leh airport as “Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport, Leh” on 10th June, 2005.

(xiii)            Varanasi airport as “Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Varanasi” on 20th October, 2005.

This 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 of Uttar Pradesh, the Government has thought it appropriate to name the airport, in the capital of the State of Uttar Pradesh, after him.

MC/MK


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