SpiceJet's non-stop flights to link Pakyong and Delhi; Gangtok gets easier to reach
At the moment, one has to fly to Bagdogra airport in Siliguri to reach popular tourist destination Gangtok, which is a 123 km away
SpiceJet is set to become the first airline to start a daily non-stop flight connecting Delhi with Pakyong (Gangtok) in Sikkim from January 23.
The budget airline was awarded Pakyong under UDAN 2. The Pakyong airport is the only operational civil airport handling commercial flight operations in the state of Sikkim. The airline will deploy a Bombardier Q400 aircraft on the Delhi-Pakyong-Delhi route.
At the moment, one has to fly to Bagdogra airport in Siliguri, West Bengal, to reach popular tourist destination Gangtok, which is a 123 km away and takes a four-and-a-half-hour drive to reach. Pakyong is just 30 km from Gangtok, which means you can save almost an entire day of travel by flying directly to Pakyong.
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“We are delighted to launch new flights connecting Pakyong and Leh to the National Capital. Sikkim is one of the most beautiful and sought after travel destinations in India. Our exclusive flights from Delhi to Pakyong (Gangtok) will cater to the growing demand from leisure travellers and backpackers who wanted to visit this beautiful city in the foothills of Himalayas. With the launch of these new flights, we aim to make journeys shorter and the stays longer at these beautiful destinations,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet.
In addition, SpiceJet will add a second frequency on the Delhi-Leh-Delhi sector starting January 27, 2021. The airline has announced an introductory promotional fare starting at Rs 4,310 on the Delhi-Pakyong and Pakyong-Delhi routes.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Pakyong airport in September 2018. The airport was India's 100th. It is considered an engineering marvel, situated at 4,500 feet and spread over an area of 201 acres.
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