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Druk Air Flights

Druk Air – On the Wings of the Dragon

The national airline of Bhutan, Druk Air is also known as brug mkha' 'grul las 'dzi and is headquartered in the western dzongkhag of Paro. Drukair operates a modst scheduled flight network within the South Asian region from its major operating base at Paro Airport and currently consists of eight destinations in five countries.

History

Founded in the year 1981, the formation of the airline marked the end of the self imposed isolation which the country was practicing. The first ever flight took off on 11th February from Paro Airport and was bound for Calcutta in India utilizing Dornier Do 228 aircraft. Due to the unusual location of the airport, deep in a valley 2,235 metres above sea level,the airline then could operate only 18–20 seat STOL-capable aircraft with operating capabilities which included a high service ceiling, high rate of climb and high maneuverability. The first Airbus A319 arrived in Bhutan on 19 October 2004. Until 23 August 2010 Drukair was the only airline flying into Bhutan.

Fleet

The fleet strength of Drukair is currently only 4 that include 3 Airbus A319-100 and 1 ATR42-500. The airlines initially leased ATR 42-500 for 10 months. However, in 2011, Drukair bought the 48-seater ATR with the view of using it to service the domestic routes to Bumthang and Yonphula and to Kolkata, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Gaya and Bagdogra. In September 2012, Drukair also leased a third Airbus A319 to better handle the increasing traffic and allow Drukair to serve more flights on the Bangkok-Paro route and open up the Singapore-Kolkata-Paro route.

Awards

Drukair is a popular aircraft serving Bhutan and has received few awards for its contribution towards the aviation sector of its country.

·         Drukair crowned winner for the Best Airline Marketing award 2013

Routes and Destinations

Currently Drukair operates flights from Paro to Bagdogra, Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Gaya, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Thimpu and Singapore. From two destinations in 1983, today, Drukair operates seven times a week to Bangkok where five flights go via Kolkata and two flights through Gaya, thrice to Kathmandu, 3 times to Delhi and bi weekly to Singapore.

 

Why Fly with Drukair

How to Check In

Drukair currently only allows check-in directly at the airport, where you will able to choose your seats and check in your baggage. You should check in at least 2 hours before departure. Counters will close 30 minutes prior to departure. Those taking connecting flights are advised to book flexible tickets as weather conditions in the mountainous region of Paro may hinder flight schedules. Those travelling from Delhi should also note that check-in counters will close one hour prior to scheduled flight departure.

Baggage allowance and fees

The free baggage allowance is 30kg for Business Class seats and 20kg for Economy Class seats, and the weight of your unchecked hand carry baggage is part of your free baggage allowance - so do not try to shift excess weight onto your hand carry luggage! Your hand carry luggage should also be small enough such that it fits into the overhead cabin or under the seat in front of you. If not, it should be checked in. The hand baggage may comprise a lady’s handbag, an overcoat or wrap, an umbrella or walking stick, a small camera and a pair of binoculars and a reasonable amount of reading material for the flight. It also includes a fully collapsible invalid wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches. An infant under two years of age and not occupying a seat is not entitled to baggage allowance.

Seating

As of 2013, Drukair launched a major cabin refurbishment programme to change its seats to adjustable leather seats, and a configuration of 16 Business Class and 102 Economy Class seats.

Meals

Hot meals and non-alcoholic drinks are also served on all flights and those who need special meals for religious and health preferences can submit their requests three days prior to departure.

Booking Fee

Once booked, the name of the passenger cannot be changed except minor correction in spelling or gender. Cancellation is permitted at a charge of USD 25 per person when cancelled one month prior, 50% of total cost when cancelling 30 days to 10 day, 75% cancellation from 4 to 10 days and 100% cancellation within 04 Day to date of travel. Passengers cab book their tickets under block purchase policy which allows the guests to cancel the ticket by paying 50% refund for tickets cancelled more than 60 days from the date of travel or 25% refund when cancelled more than 30 days of travel. When cancelled in less than 30 days, no refund is permitted during the high season. During low season block purchase tickets earn a refund of 50%, 25 % and nil when cancelled 30 days n advance, 15 days in advance and less than 15 days, respectively.

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