Sikkim is India's only state till date, which had no functional airport. But now, Sikkim's Pakyong will be called the 100th functional airport of India post getting the license from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
The cost of construction of this airport has been estimated to be around INR 350 crore. With the formation of this airport, tourism will also get a big boost in Sikkim, which will also help in its economic development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will probably inaugurate this airport.
Pakyong Airport is about 30 km from state capital Gangtok. So far, the Bagdogra airport in West Bengal was the closest to Gangtok, but it was also 150 km away; and tourists had to use the road medium to commute from Bagdogra to Gangtok.
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SpiceJet is the only airline which has been permitted to fly Pakyong from Kolkata.
On 5th March 2018, the IAF Dornier 228 landed at the airport for the first time and the SpiceJet Bombardier aircraft made the first commercial landing on 10th March 2018. On 5th May 2018, the airport received its commercial operating license. Flight operations will start from Pakyong airport this October.
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