Sikkim gets its first airport and India its 100th in Pakyong


Giving a big boost to regional connectivity, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Sikkim’s Pakyong airport today.The airport is situated at a height of 4,500 feet from sea level and has been constructed at a cost of more than Rs 600 crore. 

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 first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from October 4. 

Speaking at the occasion, PM Modi hailed all the engineers for their work in bringing about an engineering marvel. Modi also stated that India now has 100 functional airports, out of which 35 airports were built in the last four years. 

PM Modi also stated that work is progressing at a rapid pace to strengthen both, infrastructural and emotional connectivity to Sikkim and rest of the northeastern region. 

The airport was constructed by the Airports Authority of India.

Pakyong airport has a 1.75 km runway with a width of 30 metre. It has a 116-metre-long taxiway connecting it to an apron measuring 106 metre by 76 metre that can simultaneously accommodate two ATR-72 aircraft. 


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