New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Pakyong airport in Sikkim on September 24 this year. The picturesque airport is strategically located at a height of 4500 feet. With the launch of the greenfield airport, Sikkim will enter the aviation map of the country. Also Read - PM Modi Dedicates Made-in-India Arjun Battle Tank to Army in Chennai, Launches Infra Projects Worth Several Crores

Locals told ANI that, “With the opening of the airport, tourism will get a boost.” Official sources had earlier stated that the airport would fulfil the military requirements of the Indian Air Force. Also Read - Earthquake Measuring 4.0 on Richter Scale Jolts India-Nepal Border, Tremors Felt in Sikkim

The Prime Minister will stay at Raj Bhawan on September 23. The next day he will inaugurate the airport after which the prime minister would address a public meeting at St Xavier’s School ground in Pakyong, stated officials.

The Centre approved the Pakyong airport in 2008. The entire project will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 350 crore. As of date, Sikkim is the only state in the country that lacks a functional airport. Once commissioned, the Pakyong Greenfield Airport would be the 100th functional airport in the country. The opening of the airport promises a boom in the tourism sector as it would immensely support the Himalayan state in economic terms.

(With inputs from Agencies)