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India: new airport close to the Chinese border

Only for commercial flights or possible military base?

The new airport -the 100th- opened in India is destined to be discussed since it was built in the Himalayas at over 1400 meters of height, serving a remote area of the country, but at the same time key and strategic given its proximity to the border Chinese. The new airport -inaugurated on Monday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi- cost about 68.7 million dollars, in an important engineering enterprise considering the environmental situation and the morphology of the territory where it was built, forcing to create a high embankment 80 meters to stretch the strip of asphalt -long 1.7 kilometers- flat as well as to build the small terminal that can accommodate up to 100 passengers at the same time. On the airport will operate only SpiceJet -a low-cost carrier- which will open two daily routes giving access to that part of India, but above all will allow the Indian Air Force to have a possible base of support a few kilometers from Tibet, then from China at a time when relations between the two countries are close to the historical minimum. Is this the real goal of the construction of the Pakyong airport?

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