New Delhi, May 10: Sikkim is all set to get its first airport in Pakyong. Interestingly, the North Eastern state still does not have railway connectivity.
The Gangtok airport will become the 100th functional airport of India and is part of the Narendra Modi government’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik).
Even as Indian Railways approved Sivok-Rangpo line for Sikkim, but as of now, the Himalayan state is not connected by a rail line.
The announcement was made by Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu through his Twitter feed, last week.
He said in a tweet “The Pakyong (Gangtok) Airport at Sikkim got a license today for scheduled operations. It’s an engineering marvel at a height of more than 4,500 ft in a tough terrain. Will pave way for direct air connectivity to our lovely state of Sikkim, giving a boost to tourism & economic growth”.
The airport is around 30 kilometres away from Sikkim’s state capital Gangtok and around 60 kilometres away from the India-China border.
Under the Civil Aviation Ministry’s regional connectivity scheme, budget carrier SpiceJet has been granted permission to fly to Pakyong from Kolkata.
According to the reports, the low-cost airline has already conducted a dry run at the airport with one its Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 aircraft successfully landing there on March 5.
Not only this, A Dornier 228 of the Indian Air Force landed at the airport in March.