Raipur's Mana airport renamed after Swami Vivekanand
New Delhi, January 24, 2012
The Union Cabinet today approved the renaming of the Mana Airport at Raipur as "Swami Vivekanand Airport, Raipur". This will fulfill the long pending demand of people and the State Government of Chhattisgarh.
The Raipur Airport belongs to Airports Authority of India (AAI) and is suitable for operation of A-320 type of aircraft (VFR/IFR operations). Presently Air India, Jet Airways/ Jetlite and Kingfisher are operating and approximately 85 domestic flights per week to/from Raipur Airport are operating.
Swami Vivekanand, one of the most renowned spiritual leaders, spent a major part of his life in Raipur.
"Hence it will be apt to rename Mana Airport at Raipur in Chhattisgarh as 'Swami Vivekanand Airport, Raipur" paying homage to the spiritual leader," an official press release added.