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Tourism in the smaller cities will benefit from the direct flights coming in from neighboring nations, as well as an increase in locals jobs created to handle growing airport operations.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had proposed to grant international airport status to Chaudhary Charan Singh airport in northern city Lucknow, Lal Bahadur Shastri airport in northern city Varanasi, southern cities of Mangalore, Tiruchirapalli and Coimbatore.

He said the airports have been upgraded to the international standards and “this declaration is expected to provide impetus to domestic or international tourism and contribute to economic development of the concerned regions.”

So far, 16 [out of 97 airports] have been designated as international airports while several other airports had been designated as ‘Limited International.’

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