Friday, November 12, 2021

Sikkim: MI 172 Commercial Chopper Makes Maiden Trip For Demonstration and Trial

Pakyong : After almost three-and-half decade post commissioning of Pawan Hans chopper in tiny state of Sikkim with Tourism Dept still operating it’s 30 minutes flight service from Gangtok’s Burtuk Helipad to Siliguri’s Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. Today under the supervision of Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) the dream finally comes true when 26 seater MI 172 carried demonstration cum trial toady in Gangtok.

Sikkim got its first airport just recently for long distance air travel but due to weather constraint it is still causing bottleneck situation.

Pakyong Tabletop Airport which is a distinct 100th airport under Udaan Project of government  of India is seeing surge in movement of travellers from Delhi and Kolkata. Spicejet Private Airliner is the lone player which operates under Airports Authority of India. To get respite from bottleneck situation there has been a hue and cry with many demanding upgrading chopper service with seating capacity which can ease mobility of people between Bagdogra and Sikkim.

With time there has been seen huge crisis of air transport since the NH10 couldn’t be relied due to several landslides and natural calamity each year.

12/11/21 Voice of Sikkim

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