The tourism potential of Aurangabad, which is known for the world famous Ajanta and Ellora caves and other monuments, can be developed on a bigger canvas if the airport here is expanded to allow international flights, industry stakeholders have said.
A separate authority is also needed to work for the development of tourism here in Maharashtra, they said during a programme held on Saturday. Historical monuments under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) reopened a few days back after around two months as the state government eased the coronavirus-induced restrictions.
Sunit Kothari, member of the Aurangabad Tourism Development Foundation’s (ATDF) aviation committee, sought the expansion of the city airport and nod for international flights to land here for boosting the tourism industry. This will help to grow the overall economy of Aurangabad and neighbouring districts in the Marathwada region, he said.