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Sikkim's first-ever airport at Pakyong: All you need to know

Sikkim's dream of having an airport came true nine years after the foundation stone of the greenfield airport was laid, around 33 km from Gangtok, in 2009

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

PM Modi inaugurates in Sikkim

PM Modi inaugurates Pakyong Airport in Sikkim
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Prime Minister on Monday inaugurated the in Sikkim, the first ever aerodrome in the state. Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and Union Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu were also present, as the Prime Minister unveiled the plaque, formally inaugurating the 990-acre aero facility.
 

First commercial flights from October 4, 2018

First commercial flights from October 4, 2018
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The airport, which is located at Pakyong, is a which will circumvent the need for a five-hour journey through mountainous roads and bring citizens of closer to the state capital.  The first commercial flight from Pakyong is scheduled to start on October 4. SpiceJet will operate 78-seater Bombardier Q400 flights to and fro Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati every day under the Civil Aviation Ministry's Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme.
 

Airport carved out from the mountain side using massive geo technical 'cut and fill' engineering works

Airport carved out from the mountain side using massive geo technical 'cut and fill' engineering works
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The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village, 4,500 feet above sea level.  The airport was constructed by the Airports Authority of India. Earlier, the nearest airport from was located 124 km away at Bagdogra in West Bengal.

 

Airport to boost border security

Airport to boost border security
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The is located around 60 km from the and is therefore strategically relevant from a security point of view. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will also find this airport convenient for landing and taking off. The IAF would be able to land various types of aircraft on the airport's runway with the construction of another 75-metre stretch adjacent to the main runway in the coming days.
 

Estimated cost of the airport - Rs 6.05 billion

Estimated cost of the airport - Rs 6.05 billion
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The airport was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 6.05 billion and is an "engineering marvel" for its soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation techniques keeping in view the altitude it was built at.
 

One of the tallest reinforcement wall in the world

One of the tallest reinforcement wall in the world
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Features of the airport include integrated structures comprising an ATC tower-cum-fire station, two sophisticated CFTs, one terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles. The reinforcement wall of the project is 80-metre-high.
 

1.75 km runway with a width of 30 metres

1.75 km runway with a width of 30 metres
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The airport has a 1.75 km runway with a width of 30 metres. It has a 116-metre-long taxiway connecting it to an apron measuring 106 metres by 76 metres that can simultaneously accommodate two ATR-72 aircraft. The airport has a 3,000 sq metre terminal building and has a capacity to handle 50 in-bound and as many out-bound passengers. The Police has been entrusted with the security of the Pakyong airport.
  


First Published: Wed, September 26 2018. 21:35 IST
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