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Saturday, 08 September, 2018, 16 : 00 PM [IST]
SpiceJet to launch operations to Sikkim from October 4
By TBM Staff | New Delhi

SpiceJet announced the launch of its operations for the un-served market of Pakyong (Gangtok) from October 4 that would provide air connectivity to the North-Eastern State of Sikkim. 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 October 4 and Pakyong-Guwahati sector effective October 16.
The announcement was made in the presence of Pawan Kumar Chamling, Chief Minister of Sikkim. On the occasion, senior SpiceJet officials handed over the first ticket to 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.”

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.
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 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.

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).