Drukair Domestic Flights to Bumthang & Yonphula

Posted on 09/December/2011

On 19th Dec 2011, Drukair begins operating the domestic routes from Paro to Bumthang (Central Bhutan) and Yonphula (Eastern Bhutan).

This service will significantly save travellers whom wish to explore the span of East-West Bhutan up to 3 days of driving time. The total time required to reach the eastern most airport of Yonphula, which is about an hours drive to Trashigang is only 2.5 hours giving Drukair time to pick up and drop off travellers in Bumthang.

If you wish to visit the Bumthang, central Bhutan, domestic service would cut short your traveling time from 12 hours flight to just 35 minutes flight.

Domestic Flight Costing & Bookings

The flight costs are $170 USD from Paro to Bumthang and $215 USD from Paro to Yonphula. Currently domestic flights tickets can only be purchased at Drukair Thimphu office. International travellers wishing to book Drukair’s domestic flights should contact her agents to make a booking. A passport copy will be required for booking Drukair’s domestic flights.

To book your Bhutan Domestic Flights to Bumthang or Yonphula, please contact Druk Asia here.

Drukair Domestic Flight Schedule until March 2014

Dates/Period
Domestic Summer: 15 May 2013 - 27 Oct 2013
Domestic Winter: 27 Oct 2013 - 29 Mar 2014

ATR 42-500 to service Paro-Bumthang-Yonphula Route

The ATR 42-500 begins operation with Drukair in June 2011. It will fly to the nearby cities of Kolkata, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Gaya and Bagdogra. It is a 48 economy seater but can be also converted into 8 VIP seat and 22 economy seat. For domestic service, the ATR would only be able to take a maximum of 22 passengers due to the short runway on both Bumthang and Yongphula airport.

Manufacturer: Aerei da Trasporto Regionale

ATR 42-500 official website

Yongphulla Airport

Yongphula airport was previously used by the Indian army. It was converted to domestic airport in 2011. It is currently closed and under renovation to repair the runway.

Planning to travel to Bhutan during a festival?

On popular dates of travel such as during festival time, flight tickets tend to get fully reserved 5 months prior. Due to limited flight and seats available, we recommend you to reserve your ticket as early as possible. You can reserve your ticket for free with us and plan your trip to Bhutan with a peace of mind knowing that you will have a spot on your flight to Bhutan.