The stunning Pakyong Airport in Sikkim was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after nine years from a foundation stone laid. The Pakyong Airport was constructed by the Airports Authority of India. This airport is perched on top of a hill, about 2km above Pakyong village, and is spread over an area of 201 acres. This airport is the Northeast's first Greenfield airport and, keeping in mind the 4,500 feet altitude at which it is located, has been skillfully engineered to include slope stabilization and soil reinforcement techniques. Earlier this year, in early March, a Dornier 228 turboprop plane belonging to the India Air Force (IAF) took off from Pakyong as a test flight from the airport. Subsequently, on March 10, SpiceJet conducted its own test runs using a 78-seater Bombardier Q400 to fly between Pakyong and Kolkata. After the tests security clearance for commercial operations was granted to Pakyong. The Pakyong Airport is India's 100th functional airport and has a 1.75km long runway with a width of 30m. The upcoming construction of a 75m stretch adjacent to the main runway will allow the Indian Air Force (IAF) to land various aircraft in Sikkim. Spice Jet is all set to operate flights to and fro Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati every day using its 78-seater Bombardier Q400 planes. The flights will be under the government's Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, and thus, fares are expected to be affordable.