Drukair, Royal Bhutan Airlines, is the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Drukair operates a modest scheduled flight network within the South Asian region from its base at Paro International Airport, a picturesque valley in Western Bhutan. The capital, Thimphu, is 60 minutes drive away.
Drukair, Royal Bhutan Airlines, was founded on 5th April, 1981 under the Royal Charter Decree by the fourth King, Druk Gyelpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. On 11th February, 1983, Drukair started operations with an 18 seater Dornier-228 commencing its first commercial flight to Kolkata, India and subsequently, extending its route to Dhaka, Bangladesh. On 21st November 1988, Drukair upgraded its fleet to BAe-146, a 72 seater plane. The introduction of the BAe-146 widened opportunities for Drukair’s network connecting Paro to Kathmandu, Delhi and Bangkok.
Today, the fleet has been further upgraded to three Airbus A319-115 and one ATR 42-00, operating to 9 international destinations in 5 countries and to three domestic sectors within Bhutan.
Drukair operates the domestic routes from Paro to Bumthang (Central Bhutan), Paro to Yonphula (Eastern Bhutan) and Paro to Gelephu (Southern Bhutan). The domestic flights significantly saves travelers wishing to explore the span of East-West Bhutan up to 3 days of driving time.
We can assist to book Helicopter Charters with an additional handling fee. A range of choices are available under Western Helicopter Scenic Tour, Eastern Helicopter Scenic Tour and Helicopter Biking Tour.