Monday, September 10, 2018

Sikkim flight pushed back by four days

Siliguri: The first passenger flight will land at Pakyong airport in Sikkim on October 8, putting the Himalayan state on India's aviation map.

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.

"The airline had earlier decided to start flights between Calcutta and Pakyong on October 4 but the plan has been deferred by four days," said a source in the Sikkim government. "A senior official of SpiceJet met Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling on Friday and handed him the first flight ticket and boarding pass."

Sikkim at present boasts a chopper service from Bagdogra. Residents of Sikkim and people visiting the state would have to take flights from Bagdogra, around 140km away from the state capital of Gangtok.
10/09/18 Telegraph