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 Paro International Airport (PBH)

The uniqueness of Paro International Airport (PBH)

Paro Airportis in Bhutan. It is the only international airport in the country. This airport is approximately six kilometers from Paro. It borders the Paro Chhu River. Mountains as high as 5,500 meters surround the airport. It is a very challenging airport. Only qualified and certified pilots can fly to the airport. The activities at the airport are conducted only during daytime.

The airport is unique and one of a kind. The location itself is amazing. Apart from the magnificent mountainous surrounding, the airport boasts of top-notch restaurants that offer an array of sumptuous cuisines. These restaurants have specialized on Asian cuisine. The airport has a hospital which although is not big enough, can handle minor emergencies.

History

Paro airport history began in 1968. That year, the Indian forces constructed an airstrip. The airstrip was for helicopter landing.

Paro Airport is 2,235 meters above sea level. The first runway at the airport was 1,200 meters in length. This prompted the government of Bhutan to impose limits. The authorities had to choose the specific airplanes that could operate at the airport. The only aircraft that could operate at the airport was only an 18-20 seater. These aircrafts boast of high climbing and maneuverability features. The government had to test the aircraft. It had to fly from Kolkata to Paro and back. That distance was 1,200 Kilometers. The condition for the testing was that the aircraft should not refuel. After several tests, the aircraft could not meet the requirements.

In 1981, the government of India set up a committee to look into the strict requirements of the airport. The committee came up with a proposal. The Government of Bhutan used the proposal to order for the Dornier 228-200. Delivery of the aircraft became a reality in January 1983. They had an option of buying another aircraft later that year. The exact landing and the number of passengers was historic in the history books of the airport. 

In 1983, Druk Air scheduled its flights from Paro. It had its flight 101 depart Paro to Kolkata. It returned the following day as flight 102. At that time, the airport had a runway, departure lounge, and two-room air traffic-control building. Druk Air was in charge of the airport’s daily operations before the formation of Department of Civil Aviation.

In the year 1990, there was extension of the runway at Paro Airport. The runway increased from 1,400 meters to 1,964 meters. Reinforcement took place and the runway was ready for heavy aircrafts. The funding for this project was from the government of India. In November 1988, Druk Air had its first aircraft (BAe 146-100) delivered to Paro Airport. In 2003, Druk Air made the decision to replace the BAe 146. In 2004, it had its first Airbus A319-100 arrive in Paro.

Fleet

The airport is not big. It only serves three registered airlines. The main fleets at the airport are airbuses and Boeing. Three airlines that use the airport are Buddha Air, Tashi Air, and Druk Air.

Awards

In 2014, Paro airport came fourth, as the best flight landing experience at the Travel plan with Expert awards.

Routes and destination

Paro Airport is small and it does not have plans that ply so many routes. The flights from the airport have focal points in eastern Asia. Some of the destinations are Bangkok, Bagdogra, Kathmandu, Delhi Suvarnabhumi, Dhaka, Gaya, Guwahati, and Jakar.

Why fly using the airport

How to check in

Paro airport offers a variety of options for check in to passengers. These options include:

·         Online check in. This option offers passengers the option to check in using the internet via the airport website. This check in option is open for 24 hours and it closes 1 hour before departure time.

·         Personal check in. The passenger goes to the airport physically to check in. The checks in desks are at the terminal. This option closes half an hour before departure.

Baggage and Allowance

The airport does not command the baggage limit. The airlines at the airport dictate this limit. Most airlines allow travelers to carry baggage that does not exceed 32 kilograms. The baggage charge is free except for extra weight. There is an allowance for necessary items such as wheelchair for the disabled and baby trollies.

Seating

According to different airlines, the seating options are different. This is because airlines have different aircraft carriers. For this reason, the charges for seat booking are quite different between airlines. The seats for business class are good and comfortable as compared to economic class. The position of the seats also matter. The more the seat nears the exit the more costly it is. 

Booking Fee

Airlines that operate at Paro airport have different classes. These classes are business class and economic class. The cost of booking a business class is high as compared to booking of economy class.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Airport Contact Details

Paro Airport

Address:
Druk Air Corporation,
Paro,
BHUTAN

Tel:+975 (0)2 29122

 Location Details

Longitude:89° 25' 0'' E
Latitude:27° 25' 59'' N
IATA code:PBH
ICAO code:VQPR

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