Embedded in the heart of India is Uttar Pradesh. Rich in culture and religious heritage, it is also one of the most populous states of India. It is a home to ancient monuments, pilgrimage centres, architectural wonders and wildlife. It is a treat to explore this place, and we at Holidify are going to make it easier for you by listing the connectivity and its well-defined circuits. Here's how the list stacks up:
1. Lucknow Airport
Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport is situated at Amausi in Lucknow. It is the second busiest and largest airport in Central and Northern India after Indira Gandhi International Airport. Airlines operating in Lucknow Airport are Air India, Air India Express, GoAir, IndiGo, Fly Dubai, Oman Air, Jet Airways, Saudia and Vistara. Passengers arriving at and departing from the airport have a choice of transportation available- private cars, autos, car rentals, cabs etc. However, there are no public buses operating on the route. The airport has two terminals- Terminal 1, being used for International flights and Terminal 2, being used for domestic flights. The airport also has both long and short-term parking facilities.
Cities connected For dearth of regularly functioning airports, most tourists prefer to reach Uttar Pradesh through Lucknow and then travel ahead by public/ private transportations. Some immediate cities connected to it are Sitapur, Kanpur, Unnao, Auraiya, Rai Bareilly, Barabanki etc.
Distance from the city centre: 12 km
2. Varanasi Airport
Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport is located in Babarpur in Varanasi. Airlines operating from Varanasi aka Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport include Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Air India and IndiGo. The airport is well connected to the city with private as well as public transport including buses, cabs, auto rickshaws etc.
Both the International and Domestic Airports are located within the premises of the airport. The cargo terminal is located half a km away from the main airport.
Cities connected: Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Chandauli, Ghazipur etc.Distance from the city centre: 19 km
3. Kanpur Airport
Kanpur Airport, also known as the Chakeri Airforce Station is located in the Kanpur Cantt area of Kanpur district. In the 1970s, this airport was regularly operated between Kanpur, Allahabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi which was partially public and partially for the airforce. It shut down for a long period in between and was re-started in 2016. Currently, only AirIndia provides flights to Delhi and Kolkata.
Cities connected: Lucknow, Hardoi, Rai Bareilly, Etawah, Fatehpur etc. Distance from the city centre: 14 km (approximately 20 minutes)
4. Gorakhpur Airport
Gorakhpur Airport, now known as Sri Mahayogi Gorakhnath Airport is located in the Airport Area, Gorakhpur District. Operated by the Airports Authority of India, it is one of the major airports of Uttar Pradesh. It has a limited number of commercial flights, most of which are only to Delhi. It is closely connected to the main city and local modes of transport- private cars, auto rickshaws, buses etc. are easily available.
Cities Connected: Deoria, Kushinagar, Azamgarh, Maharajganj, Sidkhdharth Nagar, Basti etc. Distance from the city centre: 8 km
5. Agra Airport
Agra Airport also is known as Kheria Airforce Station, is a military airbase and public airport serving in the city of Agra, synonymous with the Taj Mahal. It is located on the VIP Road decently close to the city. Currently, Air India operates scheduled flights to Delhi, Varanasi and Khajuraho, but very occasionally.
Cities connected: Mathura, Hathras, Aligarh, Firozabad, Bharatpur, Dhaulpur etc. Distance from the city centre: 5 km
6. Allahabad Airport
Also known as the Bamrauli Airport, Allahabad Airport is operational for domestic flights to Delhi and Mumbai on a regular basis. Currently, only AirIndia and SpiceJet are in service.
Cities connected: Kaushambi, Jaunpur, Chitrakoot, Chhatarpur, Satna etc. Distance from the city centre: 12 km (approximately 20 min)
Upcoming Airports in the State
There is a fresh hope of the revival of new airports in the state. The government plans on making the semi-functional airports fully functional which include Kanpur, Agra and Allahabad Airports. There will soon be more flights to and fro from these airports to different corners of the country. In addition to this, Moradabad, Meerut and Faizabad are likely to start seeing flights operated from their platforms. Other than that, the UP CM Yogi Adityanath directed officials to expedite work on the long-pending Jewar Airport in Noida.