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Private carrier SpiceJet, on January 18, announced that it will start a direct flight from Sikkim to New Delhi from Pakyong airport soon.
Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet in a statement said, “We are delighted to launch new flights connecting Pakyong to the national capital. Sikkim is one of the most beautiful and sought-after travel destinations in India.”
The MD further informed that flights from Delhi to Pakyong will cater to the growing demand for leisure travellers and backpackers who want to visit Sikkim.
The airliner has already conducted a trial flight on November 17, 2020, and the technical details will be discussed further in a meeting between Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Air Force (IAF) at Bagdogra.
This would be the first time Sikkim would be directly connected by a passenger flight to the national capital.
Pakyong airport was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018, but commercial flight operations have been hampered by low visibility because of poor weather.
Following this, SpiceJet had stopped flight operations to the airport from June 1, 2019.
(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)