PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Sikkim's first-ever airport which is located at Pakyong, around 33 km from Gangtok and 60 km away China.
It is built at a height of 4,500 feet above sea level and is spread over 201 acres. The airport has a 1.75 km runway with a width of 30 metre and a 116-metre-long taxiway.
Pakyong airport has an ATC tower-cum-fire station, a 3,000 sq mt terminal building for passengers. It has high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles
The greenfield airport has been constructed at a cost of Rs 605 crore.The first commercial flight from Pakyong will begin from October 4.