Interesting Things to Know About Bhutan Airports

Interesting Things to Know About Bhutan Airports

Updated on 27/September/2023

Adventurers or travellers from over the world are amazed by the wonderful country of Bhutan. It is one of the greenest countries in the world. The Kingdom of Bhutan has plenty to offer to travellers and even its airports are unique.

There are a total of 4 airports in Bhutan: 1 international and 3 domestic airports.

What are the four airports in Bhutan?
The four airports in Bhutan are Paro International Airport, Bathpalathang Airport, Gelephu Airport, Yonphulla Airport.

Paro International Airport
If you are a tourist planning to visit Bhutan, you will arrive at Paro International Airport. It is the first and only international airport in Bhutan established in 1968 situated in the Paro Valley at an elevation of 2,235 meters. Paro Airport is the biggest airport in Bhutan with a single terminal and an extremely narrow runway.

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The two airlines operating at Paro International Airport are the national carrier, Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airlines) and Bhutan Airlines.

Paro International Airport is conveniently located an hour away from Thimphu (the current capital city of Bhutan).

In October 2020, the airport underwent a major facelift. In an attempt to promote and enhance the Bhutanese arts and culture, His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck inspired the transformation of Paro International Airport into the largest art gallery and exhibition space in Bhutan. Visitors can now find stunning artworks by young Bhutanese artists.

Fun Facts About Paro International Airport

  • Experience a one-of-kind flight where you can see 18000ft mountain peaks. If you are flying from Singapore, it is best to request a left window seat. The Himalayan range is visible on the left side of the plane.

  • Only highly qualified and certified pilots can fly land at Paro International Airport.

  • The narrow runway at 7,431 ft long makes landing at the airport a thrilling experience. Pilots have to navigate the mountainous and rugged terrains manually. Hence, Paro Airport is often known as one of the most dangerous airports in the world.

  • Upon touching down, most travellers refuse to leave the apron immediately and would be snapping away on their smartphones. Many are in awe of the architecture and beautiful landscapes. The first moments of arriving in Bhutan are exhilarating.

Travellers can fly directly to Bhutan from Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Kathmandu (Nepal), Bangladesh and New Delhi, Kolkata, Gaya, Bagdogra, Guwahati (India) via Drukair.

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Bathpalathang Airport
Bathpalathang Airport also known as Bumthang Airport is among the three domestic airports in Bhutan situated in the central part of Bhutan, Bumthang (also known as Jakar). The airport has an elevation of 8466 ft. above the mean sea level.

Drukair flies to and fro Paro International Airport, Gelephu Airport and Yongphulla Airport from Bathpalathang Airport.

Most travellers take a domestic flight to Bathpalathang Airport to explore the charming Bumthang valley.

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Gelephu Airport
Gelephu is another domestic airport in Bhutan. The airport is located in the Sarpang District, Gelephu, Bhutan.

The Gelephu airport has only one terminal for departure and arrival. You can choose to travel to Gelephu Airport if you are planning to visit Gyenyan Lhakhang, Tali Dratshang and Royal Manas National Park.

Drukair flies to and fro Paro International Airport and Bathpalathang Airport.

Yongphulla Airport
Another domestic airport in Bhutan is the Yongphulla Airport or Yonphulla Airport. It was initially established as an airstrip by the Indian Army in the 1960s. Currently, it helps to connect locals and tourists who are visiting the easternmost part of the Kingdom.

This airport is situated at an elevation of 9,000 ft (2,700 m) above mean sea level and is located 33km southeast of Trashigang town in eastern Bhutan. Trashigang is popularly known as a “Jewel of the East” in Bhutan.

Among the popular attractions that you can visit in the Trashigang district is the Trashigang Dzong ‘The Fortress of the Auspicious Hill', one of the largest ancient fortresses in Bhutan.

Drukair flies to and fro Paro International Airport and Bathpalathang Airport from Yongphulla Airport.

Why Travel to Bhutan?
Bhutan has always been high on every traveller's bucket list. The unique and exclusive travel experience in Bhutan often proves to be memorable. Bhutan has some of the world's most charming landmarks such as Taktsang, Tiger's Nest Monastery and Punakha Dzong.

The Kingdom is also home to some of the most spectacular mountains in Bhutan. Trekking in Bhutan is an experience unlike any other in the world.

It's also the perfect getaway for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The quiet, peaceful and calming ambience makes a trip to Bhutan a highly relaxing one.

Planning To Go Bhutan?
You may consider taking a 7-day essential Bhutan tour or 10-day to delve deeper into Bhutan. Take up a luxurious escapade to Bhutan with 5 Day Uma Paro Himalayan Adventure or an 8 Day Amankora Journey.

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