Flight services at the Pakyong airport in Sikkim resumed on Tuesday 14 March, 2023 as a Spicejet plane took off for Delhi, officials said. The flight services at the airport were suspended in October, 2022 due to operational difficulties, they said.
The suspension of services inconvenienced people of the state, besides adversely affecting the tourism industry of Sikkim, they added.
The Spicejet flight landed at the Pakyong airport with 12 passengers and then, took off for Delhi with 43 passengers. Regular flight services will start on March 26, 2023 with a daily flight to Delhi for now, officials said.
Before suspending its operations, SpiceJet used to operate daily flights to Delhi and Kolkata from Pakyong.
Pakyong airport is located at a distance of 26.8 kilometres from the state capital- Gangtok. The busy Bagdogra airport in West Bengal’s Siliguri is around 123 kilometres from Gangtok.