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Sikkim Gets Its First Airport at Pakyong: PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates

Sikkim Gets Its First Airport at Pakyong: PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates
Published:25 Sep, 2018/

Now fly directly to Sikkim as the state has finally got its first airport almost after ten years when the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs cleared construction of a greenfield airport at Pakyong in Sikkim. The foundation stone of the airport was laid in the year 2009 which because of some contention over land acquisition, the project kept on delaying. PM Narendra Modi inaugurated an aerodrome on Monday i.e., August 24, 2018.

When Would the First Commercial Flight Start?

The first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from the first week of October, i.e., October 4 under the Union Government’s UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik). Spicejet will operate 78-seater Bombardier Q400 flights that would take the passengers to and from Sikkim, Guwahati, and Kolkata. In case of the absence of flights to the State, people in Gangtok would have to fly to Bagdogra Airport situated Siliguri district of West Bengal.

Features of the Airport:

As discussed by Sikkim Chief Secretary A.K. Shrivastava, the first ever Sikkim airport’s integral structure comprises the following:

  • An ATC tower-cum-fire-station
  • Two sophisticated CFT
  • High-intensity runway lights
  • One terminal building for passengers
  • Parking facility for 50 vehicles

Things to Know About the Sikkim Airport:

  • The airport is located at a distance of 60km away from Indo-China Border.
  • Constructed by AAI at a cost of more than INR 600 crore, the Sikkim Airport is situated at a height of 4,500 feet from the sea level.
  • The Airport has 1.75 km long runway and width of 30 meters. Also, a 166-meter long taxiway connecting it to an apron by 76 meters which can accommodate two ATR-72 aircraft.
  • Being the first greenfield airport in Northeast India, the airport covers an area of 990 acres and is located is located about 35 km at Pakyong village, south of Gangtok.
  • The reinforcement wall of the airport project is 80-meter-high which is one of the tallest in the world.
  • The airport building comprises 3000 sq meter. In the sense, it has the capacity to handle 50 inbound and outbound passengers.

So, with the constructed of the functional airport in Sikkim, the emphasis has been given to enhance infrastructural connectivity in the North Eastern region. With this, Sikkim is going to witness a growth in tourism and economic development.

Swati Mishra

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Born and brought up in Assam- ‘The Land of Tea Gardens’, Swati is a Travel Writer who yearns to travel around the whole world someday. Coming from one of lush-green and peaceful states of India, her love for nature and rain is beyond imagination. She is an observant and is keen to explore more about the things that comes her way which could be clearly seen in her write ups. Other than this, she is a foodie and can do anything for food that is made out of cheese especially- The Alfredo Penne Pasta!

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