Pakyong's Greenfield Airport resumes flight trials by Spice Jet after 14 months

Pakyong's Greenfield Airport resumes flight trials by Spice Jet after 14 months

Gangtok, November 18: The nation's 100th and Sikkim's first airport, Greenfield airport situated at Pakyong, East Sikkim is the lone air station in the state for commercial use, located at an altitude of 4500 above sea level, about 33 km away from the capital and operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has executed it's first aircraft trial since it was shut down in August 2019. 

The airport had been closed due to technical problems and non-suitable weather conditions faced by the flights while take-off and landing. On November 17, 2020, Spice Jet, the only airline that provides air connectivity to and from Sikkim executed its first trials.

These trials are the procedures that need to be conducted in order to resume air connectivity services, where the safety of the aircraft under low visibility conditions was examined

AAI states that the operation conducted was a successful one, however, the reports are to be submitted to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the body which is focused on the safety issues of the flights.

Furthermore, it was mentioned that the trails were satisfactory but the Greenfield runway still remains non-instrumental.