An Honest Announcement from India’s Latest Aerodrome, Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport

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An Honest Announcement from India’s Latest Aerodrome, Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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amaste! Welcome to Sikkim Airport, the shiniest, newest air traffic destination in India. The jubilant coverage of PM Modi’s inauguration ceremony might make it look like an achievement on par with finally bringing the Andaman Jarawas in contact with modern civilisation, but actually, Sikkim is the last state in India to get its own airport. It’s going to give tourism a boost, and frankly, we’re not so sure how we feel about that.

On one hand, we’re glad for the infrastructure upgrade. It feels pretty neat having one of the highest airfields in the country, and that’s not a joke about our staff’s smoking habit. The foundation stone was laid in 2009, so we’ve actually been waiting for over a decade to finally be able to set up our local chapter of the Mile High Club. Luckily, PM Modi was able to come in and finish the job that was started by the previous government. Even with the elections looming next year, he took time out of his busy schedule to inaugurate our airport and indulge in photo-ops.

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