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General Information About Druk Air

DRUK AIR (Royal Bhutan Airlines) is the national carrier of the Royal Government of Bhutan operating with brand new fleet of Airbus A319.

This National Flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan was established by a Royal Proclamation on the 05th of April, 1981. The commencement of Druk Air’s operation began on January 14th 1983 when the German manufactured 18 passenger Dornier 228-200 touched down at Paro airport bearing the National Flag of the Kingdom of Bhutan. With Dornier fleet, Druk Air operated to Kolkatta in India and Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Paro is the only airport in the Kingdom which is located in a deep valley at an elevation of 7300 ft above sea level. The surrounding hills are high as 16,000 ft and approach into Paro airport is entirely by visual flight rules. After conducting numerous tests taking into account the difficult operating conditions the British Aerospace BAe 146-100 was selected and started operations in November 1988. Within a short span of its introduction the network of Druk Air increased link to Paro with New-Delhi, Bangkok and Kathmandu from two destinations in 1983. Today Druk Air operates from Paro five times a week to Bangkok and Kolkatta, thrice a week to Kathmandu and Delhi and once a week to Dhaka.

Maybe the smallest national carrier in the world, Druk-Air has a fleet of two BAe-146 and two A319 aircrafts after the induction of Airbus A319 on 31st October 2004. An international flight crew and air hostesses trained by Thai Airways International give the airline its credibility and charm.

Druk-Air is the only airline that serves Paro. So all visitors to Bhutan by air are initiated into the kingdom in its care. The flight into Paro is one of the most spectacular in the world. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Katmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta or Dhaka, each flight is mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the kingdom.