Sikkim's first airport at Pakyong unveiled and it is truly breathtaking
Updated : September 24, 2018 01:51 PM IST
At a height of 4,500 feet in an inhospitable terrain, the most breath-taking airport in Sikkim was unveiled on Monday. About 33 kms from the state capital Gangtok, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pakyong airport, with the first commercial flight to take off from October 4.
Sikkim's long dream of having an airport became a reality nine years after a foundation stone was laid in 2009. The airport has been constructed at a cost of Rs 605 crore, according to government estimates. Tourists who flock Sikkim during the peak season can now directly travel to the state without having to travel from Bagdogra airport in West Bengal which is about 150 km from Gangtok. The tourism sector, in particular, is expected to benefit immensely with the opening of the airport other than the economic boon it will bring to the Himalayan state.
Low-cost airline SpiceJet has been granted permission to fly to Pakyong from Kolkata under the Civil Aviation Ministry's regional connectivity scheme, UDAN. The airport is located around 60 km from the Indo-China border and spread across over 201 acres. It is located on the top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village. It is as you can see below truly picturesque.
(Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously said Pakyong airport was the 100th airport of India.)