Gangtok, Mar 5 (PTI) The first aircraft landed today at the newly-constructed greenfield Pakyong airport in Sikkim, an airport official said. Also Read - Earthquake Measuring 4.0 on Richter Scale Jolts India-Nepal Border, Tremors Felt in Sikkim

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The official said that the aircraft made the landing at the airport despite the fact that the visibility was not so clear. Also Read - Border Standoff in Ladakh, Sikkim Will Inevitably Have Repercussions on India-China Ties: Jaishankar

He said several trial low passes were made over the runway on February 28.

”This is the beginning of aviation connectivity for Sikkim,” the official said.

The Pakyong airport has been constructed at a cost of over Rs 350 crore and is awaiting the nod from the DGCA for beginning commercial operations that will bring Sikkim on aviation map of India.

“This is a historic day for Sikkim. A 19-seater Dornier 288 aircraft landed successfully at 3:25 pm today at Pakyong Airport,” Chief Secretary A K Srivastava said.

A private airlines flight is expected to land on March 10 carrying high-ranking officials of the Airport Authority of India and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Srivastava added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.