Pakyong airport starts operating

V NEOPANY


SUMMIT REPORT

Gangtok, 23 Jan: Lone Green airport in strategic border state of Sikkim resumed its operation from today after more than 21 months of sudden suspension June 2019, citing unconducive landing and weather problems and have to complete required widening work of Pakyong Green Field airport of basic strip up to 40 meters. However, the widening works have completed in January 2020. The first flight of M/s SpiceJet Limited landed here at 12.10hrs with 57 passengers and went back with 21 passengers on day one. Director Tourism and Civil Aviation, Kapil Meena told AIR that the Spice Jet will operate daily from Pakyong to New Delhi and will benefit the strategic border State in many ways. Additional Chief Secretary, Dr J Jayakumar said that the resumption of operation is only possible after mutual cooperation from Airport Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation and State Government and able to settle the land disputes amongst the landowners adjourning to the Pakyong airport. He said that the State Government is in consultation with Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India for air connectivity with SARC like Nepal, Bhutan, and Thailand in near future.

Pakyong Green Field falls under the category 2C airport under Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) norms and has cleared all huddles as per the laid norms of the DGCA 2 C category.

Operational Director of Pakyong Green Field airport, Ramtanu Shah said that the airport has explored introduction Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Required Navigation Performance-Authorization Required (RNP-AR) is being explored with the help of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and have cleared all the hurdles faced during landing and take up of which is physible of 5 kms visibility requirements.

The Greenfield airport is situated at a distance of 30 km from the state capital of Gangtok and is strategically situated in Sikkim with larger interest of nation and border security at the time of its necessity was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 Sept, 2018.

The first commercial flight operations from the Pakyong Airport began between Pakyong and Kolkata on 04 Oct, 2018 and continued till 31 May, 2020.