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Sikkim flight from Oct 4

The city will be linked to Sikkim by air by the first week of Calcutta.

By Sanjay Mandal in Calcutta
  • Published 1.09.18

Calcutta: The city will be linked to Sikkim by air by the first week of Calcutta.

SpiceJet will start its daily service between Calcutta and Sikkim's Pakyong, around 30km from Gangtok, on October 4, officials of the airline said. Bookings opened on Friday.

The airline, operating under the Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN, is offering a one-way introductory fare of Rs 2,600.

"Necessary clearances have come from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. We are making the final preparations now," R. Manjunatha, director of the Pakyong airport, said on Friday.

"In January, Druk Air will start its twice-a-week service between Pakyong and Bhutan's Paro. A number of chartered flight operators have contacted us for slots."

The terminal building at Pakyong is spread across 3,200sq m.

The SpiceJet flight will leave Calcutta at 9.30am and arrive in Pakyong at 10.55am. Till October 15, the flight will take off from Pakyong at 11.15am and reach Calcutta at 12.45pm.

From October 16, the airline will operate an onward flight to Guwahati. The Calcutta-bound flight will leave Pakyong at 2.50pm, after its return from Guwahati, and reach the city at 4.20pm.

"We are getting a lot of queries about Pakyong. This year we are expecting a huge demand for Sikkim because the flood-hit Kerala is no longer an option for many," said Anil Punjabi, chairman, east, Travel Agents Federation of India.

SpiceJet will fly a 78-seater Bombardier Q400 series aircraft to and from Pakyong.

Tourists headed for Sikkim now fly to Bagdogra in Siliguri and travel to their respective destinations.

Gangtok, one of the destinations, is 123km away.