There are plans to upgrade Tirupati Airport to International status. During September, 2010, the then Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, laid the foundation for Tirupati International Airport. The plan includes both modernization and up-gradation of the Airport. Once completed the pilgrims from neighbouring countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka will find it easier to come to Tirupati. The upgradation plan is still under progress due to hurdles like land acquisition.