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September 24, 2018

India gets 100th Airport

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated an the Greenfield Aiport at Pakyong (Sikkim). This is the 100th Aiport in India. This is the 1st and only aiport in Sikkim. The nearest airport from Sikkim is located 124 km away in Bagdogra in West Bengal.

The Pakyong airport, located 30 km from Sikkim's capital Gangtok, is expected to improve the connectivity to the land-locked state nestled in the Himalayas and give a boost to its tourism. It will
start its commercial operations from the first week of October. Spicejet’s Bombardier Q-400 aircraft will ferry passengers to and from Sikkim, Guwahati, and Kolkata.

Under the Union government’s UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) regional connectivity scheme, the private carrier will operate daily direct flights between Pakyong and Kolkata from October 4 and between Pakyong and Guwahati from October 16. Pakyong is SpiceJet’s ninth destination under the scheme.

The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level. The runway of the Pakyong airport is 1.75 km

Director of Pakyong Airport : R Manjunatha

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