It was an innovative idea of popularising Postal Department of North Bengal and Sikkim by Mr. John Samuel, the then Chief PMG. Though this Sikkim Helicopter Post did not last long but it can be credited as an pioneering effort at the small state of Sikkim. The launch of the Sikkim Helicopter Post was carried at Helipad, near High Court, Gangtok.
The Press Release then said :
SIKKIM HELICOPTER POST"
India Post in association with Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation launched a facility to post letters on board the daily Helicopter flight connecting the nearest Airport in North Bengal, Bagdogra to
’s capital, Gangtok, on December 2, 2003. Sikkim
The mail posted on board receives a special hand-stamped cachet. This privilege costs Rs50 per piece. The flight lasting 20 minutes, gives a view of the third highest mountain Kanchenjonga, Rumtek Monastery, and Gangtok Ridge and costs – Rs 600.
The mail posted on board on December 2, 2003 received an additional launch cachet.