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SpiceJet operates plane to Sikkim airport on trial basis

Press Trust of India  |  Gangtok 

operated a civil fixed-wing aircraft for the first time to Sikkim's today as a part of a trial run, Airports Authority of (AAI) officials said.

The operated a 78-seater Q400 aircraft from to the newly-constructed airport and officials of the airline, Airports Authority of (AAI) officials and officials of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) travelled in the aircraft, a state government official said, adding that the plane landed safely in at 11.55 am.

"I am extremely happy to know that the maiden flight of to landed safely," Chief Minister said in the state Legislative Assembly.

This is a momentous occasion for and the Sikkimese people, Chamling said.

The aircraft landed at Pakyong airport, nearly a week after an IAF aircraft, a 19-seater Dornier 228 aircraft landed at the airport.

The is likely to be made operational soon after the DGCA gives the green signal, officials at the airport said.

Initially, flights will be operated from the airport to destinations such as Guwahati, and New Delhi, the had said during the budget session of the

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 21:55 IST