Commercial flight services to the Sikkim airport recommenced after nearly one-and-half years after the private airliner halted its operations between Kolkata and Pakyong in June 2019 due to bad weather conditions and technical problems. Commercial flight operations to the airport started in October 2018.
State Health Minister M K Sharma, senior officials of the Tourism Department and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) were present at the airport.
"This was the first commercial flight from Delhi to Pakyong," a senior tourism official told to reporters. The direct Delhi-Pakyong flight will boost tourism and also help locals visit Delhi for medical emergencies.
The airport, built by the AAI at an estimated cost of Rs 605 crore, is located at a height of 4,646 feet and is one of the five highest airports in the country.