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beamender99
24th Sep 2018, 12:00
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-45624436

The state's first airport at Pakyong, some 30km (18 miles) from the state capital, Gangtok, and carved out of a mountainside has been described as an "engineering marvel".

Daysleeper
24th Sep 2018, 12:30
Pretty looking place isn't it.
That said a painful looking over-run and doesn't look like any EMAS either with non-precision approaches 7,000 ft plus density altitudes in summer and in monsoon territory as well.

Pilot DAR
24th Sep 2018, 12:43
'Might be a little challenging in a gusty crosswind, but looks pretty....

Lonewolf_50
24th Sep 2018, 14:03
I suppose that during the monsoon season, one will need to check the NOTAMS to see if "due to mud slide, first 600 feet of runway closed" alert is active.

The weather - Sikkim gets monsoon rains from April to September - hindered work.

The Ancient Geek
24th Sep 2018, 21:01
The BBC article says 1750 metres so not jet territory. The terminal can handle about 100 pax so almost certainly turboprop VMC only operations.

cats_five
25th Sep 2018, 15:29
It shows on Google Earth, from when in construction but fairly close to completion - the piano keys are there, the centre line, but lots of mess around it.

scifi
25th Sep 2018, 18:56
Can't see any Passenger Car-Parking areas, or any roads... Do they mean 100 passengers per day...?

fokker1000
25th Sep 2018, 19:17
Maybe they can give it CAT C+ status!!!!!! Thin I might take the Land Rover or a Yak to get there personally.. However, it does look beautifully built.

RoyHudd
25th Sep 2018, 21:15
Clearly lethal

Out Of Trim
25th Sep 2018, 21:34
Looks beautiful, but I wouldn't fancy going off piste! :ooh:

packapoo
25th Sep 2018, 22:56
Looks to be plenty of scope there....:oh:

Flying Clog
26th Sep 2018, 05:08
Looks beautiful, but I wouldn't fancy going off piste! :ooh:

Yup, this is India, I give it about a month before that happens.

evansb
26th Sep 2018, 11:21
Doesn't appear to be any itinerant automobile parking. My guess is that a shuttle transport (motor coach) will be utilized from a car park situated from an area below the elevation of the aerodrome. Well, that would be a good idea, would it not?

Wannabe Flyer
26th Sep 2018, 11:35
Seems to be Q-400 & ATR territory to start with. That narrows it down to 3 players (Air India, Spice & Indigo). Doubt they will need much parking as capacity is 500,000 pax a year. With 3 airlines flying in only at max capacity it seems 216 per day is about the maximum flow they will see for a while. Government seems to be paying airlines for empty seats to ensure connectivity so they are forecasting a 50% occupancy. Either way looking nice & will add a tourist spot to the north east which has some yummy food & the Ghost chilli

evansb
26th Sep 2018, 12:58
Yearly airport passenger statistics are meaningless. If two (2) Bombardier Q400 airliners arrive within 5 minutes at Pakyong, can the airport infrastructure handle the requirements of the deplaning passengers? Can both airliners be refueled, cleaned and catered within 30 minutes of their ETD's? The aforementioned questions are basic "Airport 101" pupil challenges.

scifi
26th Sep 2018, 19:52
I can imaging the ATIS.... Clouds, few at minus 1000 feet, broken at plus 1500 feet..
Would love to visit there..

fox niner
26th Sep 2018, 20:31
Nice. Another runway 20-02, in combination with mountains, in a South Asian location.

Wannabe Flyer
27th Sep 2018, 06:00
Yearly airport passenger statistics are meaningless. If two (2) Bombardier Q400 airliners arrive within 5 minutes at Pakyong, can the airport infrastructure handle the requirements of the deplaning passengers? Can both airliners be refueled, cleaned and catered within 30 minutes of their ETD's? The aforementioned questions are basic "Airport 101" pupil challenges.
That is what is going to happen every time given schedules & weather windows

golfyankeesierra
27th Sep 2018, 07:45
Doesn't appear to be any itinerant automobile parking. My guess is that a shuttle transport (motor coach) will be utilized from a car park situated from an area below the elevation of the aerodrome. Well, that would be a good idea, would it not?
Donít think anything larger then a van will be able to turn in front of that building. Either they totally forgot about road transport or perhaps they built a garage underneath the runway.. :)

sleeper
27th Sep 2018, 09:55
I dont't know how wide the runway is, but the proximity of the mountainslope at the runway end doesn't really allow for a large wingspan or slight deviation off centerline.��

cats_five
27th Sep 2018, 17:53
Donít think anything larger then a van will be able to turn in front of that building. Either they totally forgot about road transport or perhaps they built a garage underneath the runway.. :)

The Wikipedia suggests there is parking for 80 cars but doesn't say where.

nicolai
28th Sep 2018, 12:25
Seems to be Q-400 & ATR territory to start with. That narrows it down to 3 players (Air India, Spice & Indigo).

Also Druk Air from next year using their ATRs: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280077/drukair-plans-pakyong-launch-in-1q19/

beamender99
30th Sep 2018, 00:50
Fact check on the number of India's airports
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-45640646