India upgrades five airports to international status

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The Indian cabinet has upgraded the status of five Indian airports to international standards.

These airports - Lucknow's Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Varanasi's Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Tiruchirapalli International Airport, Mangalore Airport and Coimbatore Airport - will have their international network and connectivity improved.

All five airports are capable of handling aircraft of medium capacity and are equipped for night operations. Works to upgrade the airports to international standards have also been completed, says the country's ministry of civil aviation.

"The declaration is expected to provide impetus to domestic and international tourism and contribute to the economic development of the concerned regions," it adds.