After lots of speculations, the official inauguration of the Pakyong Airport in Sikkim will to be done on September 23 by the Prime Minister of India. Sikkim BJP president said that Narendra Modi will come on a day-long visit to Sikkim to inaugurate the Pakyong Airport. The Greenfield airport located 30km from Gangtok will put the Himalayan state on the aviation map of the country. D.B. Chauhan, president of the BJP’s Sikkim committee was informed about Modi’s visit by the Prime Minister’s office.
A senior government official also confirmed the visit of the Prime Minister, which will be his second to Sikkim after assuming office in 2014. He said that the preliminary intimation of the proposed visit was received and that the State Home Department will make all necessary arrangements to make it a success.
The first passenger flight will land at Pakyong airport in Sikkim on October 8, according to reports. SpiceJet, which has been awarded the Calcutta-Pakyong route, conducted a trial run on March 10 with a 78-seater Bombardier Q 400 aircraft landing at Pakyong. A senior official of SpiceJet met Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling last Friday and handed him the first flight ticket and boarding pass.