Sikkim’s first airport, and India’s 100th, the Pakyong Airport was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, 24 September.
The airport has been built at a height of 4,500 feet in inhospitable terrain and is being hailed as an engineering wonder.
The airport is located 30km from Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok. It puts the North-Eastern state on the aviation radar, improving connectivity.
After the programme in Jharkhand I will leave for Sikkim.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 23, 2018
In Sikkim, I will be inaugurating the Pakyong Airport tomorrow, which will improve connectivity and benefit the people of Sikkim.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Sikkim on Sunday, 23 September, a senior official has said.
PM Sh. @narendramodi being welcomed by Sikkim CM @pawanchamling5 and Union Min, @MDoNER_India, @DrJitendraSingh at Libing Helipad, Gangtok. PM Sh. @narendramodi inaugurates #Pakyong Airport on Sept. 24, 2018.@PMOIndia@PIB_India@AAI_Official @sureshpprabhu @MoCA_GoI @PIBDoNER pic.twitter.com/bM9wi1TLbq— Kuldeep Dhatwalia (@DGNorthEast) September 23, 2018
PM @narendramodi inaugurates #PakyongAirport , which brings the State of #Sikkim on #India’s aviation map. The airport will provide a big boost to connectivity in the Himalayan State, and also give a fillip to tourism. pic.twitter.com/N49HYSYpTO— PIB India (@PIB_India) September 24, 2018
The official Twitter account of the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted some pictures of the new airport.
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Netizens have also been tweeting breathtaking photos of the beautiful airport. Check it out!
Delighted that despite many engineering challenges d #PakyongAirport in d State of #Sikkim has been successfully completed & will be dedicated to d People of #india by @narendramodi ji today.Well done @AAI_Official & congrats 2d many supporting organisations that made it possible pic.twitter.com/miO4uHgDrF— Bharat Wakhlu (@Dilleye) September 24, 2018
Pakyong Airport in East Sikkim View On 2 Days Before of Inauguration By Prime Minister of India @narendramodi on 24th September. @pawanchamling5 @PMOIndia#Pakyongairport #pakyong (Via: VOS) pic.twitter.com/R6HhXaN8Yq— The Sikkim Tribune (@TheSikkimTribun) September 22, 2018
Look East Policy of Shri #PMModi #Government is showing result. First ever airport of #Sikkim ,#Pakyong Airport is going to be inaugurated by @narendramodi ji .#pakyongairport #FirstAirportOfSikkim pic.twitter.com/FxXxZR0X6O— Rakesh Bose (@RakeshBoseBJP) September 23, 2018
The commercial operation of flights will commence from the airport in the first week of October, Chief Secretary AK Srivastava said.
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