First and only Indian carrier to provide air connectivity to Sikkim
Pakyong to be SpiceJet’s ninth UDAN destination
- Announces introduction of daily direct flights on Pakyong-Kolkata and Pakyong-Guwahati sectors
- Announces introductory promotional fares
- Bookings open
GURUGRAM, SpiceJet, the country’s favourite carrier, today announced the launch of its operations for the much awaited un-served market of Pakyong (Gangtok) from October 4 that would provide much needed air connectivity to the North-Eastern State of Sikkim.
SpiceJet is the only Indian airline to provide air connectivity from Sikkim to the rest of the country and beyond. Pakyong (Gangtok) will be SpiceJet’s ninth destination under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN and is the only operational civil airport handling commercial operations in the State.
The airline will operate daily direct flights on the Pakyong-Kolkata sector from 4th October and Pakyong-Guwahati sector effective 16th October. SpiceJet was awarded the routes under UDAN II.
The announcement was made in the august presence of Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim. On the occasion, senior SpiceJet officials handed over the first ticket to Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling, thereby marking the formal announcement of the launch of the new flight service.
Ajay Singh – Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “I am delighted to announce the launch of our much awaited flight services to Pakyong. Today is a very proud moment for us and a historic moment for the state of Sikkim as SpiceJet becomes the first and only airline to connect this majestic state to the rest of the country and beyond. Our new flights will provide a major boost to tourism and we are proud to contribute to the growth story of this vibrant state.”
In the absence of direct air connectivity to the State, tourists headed for Sikkim currently have to fly to Bagdogra and then take a road journey of over 100 km to reach Gangtok. With the introduction of the direct flights from Pakyong the extra travel time will now be avoided.
With the addition of Pakyong-Kolkata and Pakyong-Guwahati flights, SpiceJet will operate 21 flights under UDAN on the routes of — Mumbai-Porbandar, Mumbai-Kandla-Mumbai, Hyderabad-Puducherry-Hyderabad, Jaipur-Jaisalmer-Jaipur, Delhi-Adampur-Delhi, Chennai-Hubli-Chennai, Hyderabad-Hubli-Hyderabad, Delhi-Kanpur-Delhi and Delhi-Kishangarh-Delhi.
The Pakyong airport is an engineering marvel situated at a height of more than 4,500 feet. On March 10, SpiceJet had successfully operated a test flight to Pakyong making it the first civil fixed aircraft to land at the airport.
To celebrate the launch, SpiceJet has announced a limited period special introductory all-inclusive one-way fare of INR 2680 for Pakyong-Kolkata and INR 2060 for Pakyong-Guwahati. The offer is applicable for bookings made on a first come first serve basis.
With the introduction of the daily direct flight services on the route, passengers from Pakyong can now conveniently travel to a host of other cities both on SpiceJet’s domestic as well as international network via multiple onward connections from Kolkata and Guwahati.
SpiceJet was awarded 22 new sectors under the second round of bidding for the Government of India’s UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme. Out of these 22, 19 catered to unserved markets of Kannur (Kerala), Darbhanga (Bihar), Ozar (Nashik), Pakyong (Sikkim), Kishangarh (Rajasthan), Lilabari (Assam), Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu), Bokaro(Jharkhand) and Solapur (Maharashtra) whereas 3 were the underserved markets of Hubli (Karnataka).
SpiceJet will be deploying its Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on the route. SG 3324 operating on the Kolkata-Pakyong route will depart from Kolkata for Pakyong at 09.30 am, whereas SG 3325 operating on the route of Pakyong-Guwahati route will depart at 11.15 am.