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Pictures of Sikkim's First Ever Airport in Pakyong

India | News18 | September 24, 2018, 11:58 am
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 Sikkim gets its first ever airport in the small town of Pakyong. (Image: AAI)

Sikkim gets its first ever airport in the small town of Pakyong. (Image: AAI)

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 The Pakyong Airport, one of the mega projects of the Sikkim government, was built at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore. (Image: AAI)

The Pakyong Airport, one of the mega projects of the Sikkim government, was built at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore. (Image: AAI)

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 The flight connectivity will boost tourism in the state as travellers can now directly land in Sikkim instead of Bagdogra Airport and avoid almost a 120km journey by road. (Image: AAI)

The flight connectivity will boost tourism in the state as travellers can now directly land in Sikkim instead of Bagdogra Airport and avoid almost a 120km journey by road. (Image: AAI)

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 Local tour operators and homestay owners expressed confidence that the move would encourage tourists who were keen on visiting Sikkim by air. (Image: AAI)

Local tour operators and homestay owners expressed confidence that the move would encourage tourists who were keen on visiting Sikkim by air. (Image: AAI)

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 PM Modi inaugurated the airport on September 23, however, the commercial operation of flights will commence from the airport in the first week of October. (Image: AAI)

PM Modi inaugurated the airport on September 23, however, the commercial operation of flights will commence from the airport in the first week of October. (Image: AAI)

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 The Pakyong airport is reportedly the country’s 100th functional airport. (Image: AAI)

The Pakyong airport is reportedly the country’s 100th functional airport. (Image: AAI)

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 The airport has a 3,000 sq metre terminal building and has a capacity to handle 50 inbound and as many outbound passengers. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The airport has a 3,000 sq metre terminal building and has a capacity to handle 50 inbound and as many outbound passengers. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Initially, the airport would only cater to domestic flights, but later it will also provide international flight services connecting Sikkim with other countries like Paro in Bhutan, Kathmandu in Nepal and Dhaka in Bangladesh. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Initially, the airport would only cater to domestic flights, but later it will also provide international flight services connecting Sikkim with other countries like Paro in Bhutan, Kathmandu in Nepal and Dhaka in Bangladesh. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Integrated structures that comprise of an ATC tower-cum-fire station, two sophisticated CFT, one terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles are some of the salient features of the airport. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Integrated structures that comprise of an ATC tower-cum-fire station, two sophisticated CFT, one terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles are some of the salient features of the airport. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from October 4. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from October 4. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The airport was constructed by the Airports Authority of India. At present, the nearest airport from Sikkim is located 124 km away in Bagdogra district of West Bengal. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The airport was constructed by the Airports Authority of India. At present, the nearest airport from Sikkim is located 124 km away in Bagdogra district of West Bengal. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The Pakyong airport is located around 60 km from the Indo-China border. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The Pakyong airport is located around 60 km from the Indo-China border. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Apart from this, the reinforcement wall of the project is 80-metre-high and is one of the tallest in the world. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Apart from this, the reinforcement wall of the project is 80-metre-high and is one of the tallest in the world. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about two km from Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about two km from Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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