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In pics: A look at Sikkim's newly-inaugurated picturesque Pakyong Airport

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Sikkim’s first ever airport in Pakyong on September 24. This puts Sikkim on India’s aviation map after a 70-year wait. Apart from holding many firsts, the airport, like the rest of the Himalayan state, is Instagram-worthy as well. Here’s a look at some of the pictures:

September 24, 2018 / 03:25 PM IST
After a 70-year wait, Sikkim is finally getting its first airport in Pakyong near state capital Gangtok. Visiting the state was a task earlier as one had to land at Bagdogra in West Bengal and then travel 124 km by road for over four hours. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
After a 70-year wait, Sikkim is finally getting its first airport in Pakyong near state capital Gangtok. Visiting the state was a task earlier as one had to land at Bagdogra in West Bengal and then travel 124 km by road for over four hours. (Image: Airport Authority of India)
The foundation stone for the greenfield airport was laid in Pakyong, which is around 33 km from Gangtok, in 2009. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
The foundation stone for the greenfield airport was laid in Pakyong, which is around 33 km from Gangtok, in 2009. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
The runway is 1.75 km long and is 30 metres wide. It has a 116-metre taxiway connecting the runway to an apron measuring 106 metre by 76 metre. The apron can accommodate two ATR-72 aircraft. (Image: Airport Authority of India)
The runway is 1.75 km long and is 30 metres wide. It has a 116-metre taxiway connecting the runway to an apron measuring 106 metre by 76 metre. The apron can accommodate two ATR-72 aircraft. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
The airport is spread over 201 acres. It is located on top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
The airport is spread over 201 acres. It is located on top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
The airport is seen as an engineering marvel for its soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation techniques, keeping in view the altitude it was built at. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
The airport is seen as an engineering marvel for its soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation techniques, keeping in view the altitude it was built at. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
Integrated structures of the airport comprise of an ATC tower-cum-fire station, a terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
Integrated structures of the airport comprise of an ATC tower-cum-fire station, a terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
There is also plan to construct another 75-metre stretch adjacent to the main runway in the coming days, which would allow the Indian Air Force (IAF) to land various types of aircraft on the airport's runway. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
There is also plan to construct another 75-metre stretch adjacent to the main runway in the coming days, which would allow the Indian Air Force (IAF) to land various types of aircraft on the airport's runway. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
An airport in the Himalayas lends a strategic advantage to India as Pakyong is just 60 km from China. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
An airport in the Himalayas lends a strategic advantage to India as Pakyong is just 60 km from China. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
With this airport - the 100th commercial one in the country - all of India’s states will have at least one airport. (Image credit: Airports Authority of India)
With this airport - the 100th commercial one in the country - all of India’s states will have at least one airport. (Image: Airports Authority of India)
Here are some numbers about the newly-inaugurated airport.
Here are some numbers about the newly-inaugurated airport.
Moneycontrol News
first published: Sep 24, 2018 01:04 pm

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