India recently celebrated the opening of the Pakyong Airport about 35 km south of Gangtok, the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim.The Greenfield airport is set in the Himalayan Mountains at a height of over 1,400m (4,593 ft) – making it one of the five highest airports in India.
Spread over 900 acres, the Pakyong Airport offers incredible views of the scenic Himalayan landscapes which boasts of 28 mountain peaks, 21 glaciers and more than 200 lakes. It has a single runway (1.7km long and 30m wide) built on 80.38 embankments and surrounded by deep valleys.
The facility has a single terminal building and accommodates two (2) ATR 72 size aircrafts as well as 100 passengers. Due to its close proximity with the India-China border, it will also be used for military purposes if and when required.
Pakyong Airport is India’s 100th operational airport and will serve the remote area of Sikkim state. It will enter commercial passenger service when SpiceJet, one of the country’s largest low-cost airlines launches two daily routes to Pakyong Airport (Pakyong-Kolkata and Pakyong-Guwahati) from October 4.
Pakyong Airport Facts
- Code: PYG
- Location: Pakyong, Sikkim, India
- Opened: 24 September 2018
- Operator: Airports Authority of India (AAI)
- Serves: Gangtok