By December 2014, Sikkim's first greenfield airport at Pakyong will be completed. The airport, when it come into being, will provide air connectivity to the land locked state, the State Tourism Minister Bhim Prasad Dhungel said in Gangtok. The Pakyong airport is being built at an altitude of 4,700 ft which will be one of the five highest airports in India.
The reinforcement wall on the project is 80 m height, which is one of the tallest reinforcement walls in the world, Dhungel told Union Tourism minister K Chiranjeevi in Delhi on September 13, officials said in Gangtok. He said that construction work on the Rs 300 crore airport being constructed by Airport Authority of India on 200 acre land is in full swing
The officials said that operation of flights from the airport will be commissioned by March 2015. Dhungel said that the airport having 180 mt long airstrip will facilitate landing of ATR-72 plane. Presently, the nearest airport to Sikkim is located 124 km away at Bagdogra in West Bengal.