The landlocked state of Sikkim finally witnesses first fixed winged aircraft which today landed at Pakyong Airport located 35 Km from capital Gangtok.
The Indian Air Force Dornier 228 successfully landed at 3.30 pm to an exhilarating welcome by airport and government officials and many people who had gathered to witness the moment.
The airport at Pakyong, 30 km from Gangtok, will be the first airport of Sikkim, which currently depends on NH10 to connect with the rest of the country.
The Dornier pilots were accorded a warm welcome by Pakyong airport director R Manjunatha and other officials. They also interacted with officials of Pakyong ATC before flying back to Guwahati via Bagdogra.
The same Dornier is scheduled to land at Pakyong in another 10 days. A Spicejet flight is expected to make a trial landing on March 10. The 70-seater is plane is likely to bring in high-ranking officials of AAI and DGCA.