Pakyong airport to be operational by Nov: Civil Aviation MoS

The Sikkim delegation with MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

GANGTOK: Sikkim Tourism minister Ugen T. Gyatso Bhutia, Lok Sabha MP P.D. Rai and Tourism secretary C. Zangpo today called on Civil Aviation Minister of State Jayant Sinha at New Delhi regarding the progress on the greenfield airport at Pakyong, East Sikkim.
The MoS informed that the Pakyong airport will be operational by November this year, informs a press release.
Sinha suggested that agreements with airlines should be entered into, on a priority basis.
At present, 42-seater turboprop aircrafts will operate from the airport.
The Airport Authority of India has designed and executed the greenfield airport project which will be commissioned after the Director General of Civil Aviation grants permission.
The Tourism secretary expressed concern over challenges due to the cases filed by farmers residing in the vicinity of the airport.
The Tourism minister then informed the MoS that he would request the Sikkim Chief Minister to invite the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inauguration of the airport.
Sinha also asked the Tourism minister to ensure that the Sikkim government looks into helicopter connectivity under the UDAN Scheme.
Lok Sabha MP P.D. Rai, who facilitated the meeting, informed the MoS that the tourist footfall in Sikkim now is over 11 lakh. Given this number, the MP expressed hope that the airport will run to full capacity within months of inauguration.