An aerial view of Sikkim’s new Pakyong Airport

The Himalayan state of Sikkim is all set to get its first airport.
Pakyong Airport to be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on September 23.
Commercial operations of flights to begin from first week of October.
The inaugural flight by SpiceJet on October 4 will connect Pakyong with Kolkata. Spicejet will start the Pakyong-Guwahati sector from October 16.
The airline will be deploying its Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on the route.
Located at a height of 4,500 feet, the airport is 30 km from state capital Gangtok.
Pakyong Airport will be the 100th functional airport of India, and the first greenfield airport of NE
The Pakyong Airport project is one of the tallest reinforced soil structures in the world.
On March 6, a 19-seater Dornier 228 IAF aircraft made a successful landing at the airport.
Pakyong is a small town in East Sikkim district located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Strategically important, it is located just 60 km from the India-China border.

Photos courtesy: Airports Authority of India

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