Sikkim’s first airport, Pakyong, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sikkim today. Pakyong Airport is also one of the five highest airports in India. Pakyong is a town in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The small town is also Sub Division of East District and holds many government offices.
Here’s all you need to know about Sikkim’s first-ever airport:
- Situated near Gangtok, Pakyong Airport is also a greenfield airport. A greenfield airport is a facility that reflects environmental qualities. These projects use undeveloped/empty fields and construct them from scratch. A greenfield denotes that a project lacks any constraints imposed upon it by prior work or existing infrastructure.
- Pakyong project is one of the tallest reinforced soil structures in the world.
- Constructed by AAI (Airport Authority of India), Pakyong has a 1,700 m long and 30 m wide runway. Pakyong can accomodate two ATR 72 aircraft at a time.
- The terminal building of Pakyong can house 100 passengers and provides a parking facility for 80 cars. It also houses a fire station and an Air Traffic Control Tower.
- An IAF Dornier 228 landed at the surface of Pakyong Airport on March 5, 2018, for the first time. However, the first landing by a commercial flight took place on March 10, 2018, by Spicejet Bombardier plane.
- Pakyong will also serve as an important facility for the Indian Army as the airport lies only 60 km away from India-China border. IAF will be able to land military aircraft at the airport as well.
- Spicejet will be operating its first commercial flight from Pakyong to Kolkata in the first week of October.
Here is the some beautiful pictures of Pakyong Airport:
Pm Modi also shared the some beautiful pics of Pakyong Airport:
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