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.
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:
Things to Know About the Sikkim Airport:
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.