Drukair is a Royal Government of Bhutan owned airline managed by the Investment Wing, Druk Holding & Investments Ltd. The national carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan operates on a scheduled network within the South Asian and Southeast Asian region. Its headquarter is located at Paro, a picturesque valley in western Bhutan, a 60-minute drive away from the capital, Thimphu.
Bhutan, also known as Druk Yul – The Land of Thunder Dragon is a Buddhist kingdom and one of the most exclusive and sought-after travel destinations. This tiny kingdom opened its doors to the outside world only four decades ago. Bhutan strongly adheres to a unique ‘high value, low impact’ tourism policy to preserve its pristine environment and centuries old traditions and cultures. A country that is well known for its philosophy and focus on Gross National Happiness over Gross Domestic Product, travellers often find themselves enchanted by the kingdom’s breathtaking landscapes, spirituality and hospitality.
The concept of a national airline, Drukair was born on April 5, 1981 as the kingdom opens up to the world. Drukair began operations on February 11, 1983. At that time, Paro only had a little airstrip servicing helicopter operations. Drukair began humbly with an 18-seat Dornier 228-200 that made its historic inaugural touch down at Paro International Airport on January 14, 1983 alongside the blessings of monks with chant of prayers, cymbals and conches.
With an increase in travellers who enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Gangkhar Puensum, the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, another Dornier was added to meet the increasing demand.
Fast forward almost four decades later, Drukair currently has three Airbus A319 and one ATR 42-600 in operation and a new Airbus 320neo will be arriving on March 19, 2020. All the pilots and maintenance crew are trained at the best aviation institutions abroad while the flight attendants are trained by Thai Airways.
The first Drukair route was from Paro to Kolkata, followed by six other destinations in South Asia and Southeast Asia, including Bangkok and Singapore. Drukair has daily flights from Bangkok, Thailand to Paro and twice weekly flights (Thurs & Sun) from Singapore to Paro.
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