Airports of Bhutan

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Airports of Bhutan

Nestled among the Himalayas, Bhutan is the world’s happiest country. Mostly famous for its natural beauty and numerous Buddhist monasteries, the Kingdom of Bhutan attracts thousands of tourists from all across the world, who come to have a glimpse of this last Himalayan Kingdom. Being such a popular tourist destination, Bhutan has four large airports that make travelling across the country as easy as a pie! Read on to know more about the airports of Bhutan so that you can you can plan your landing point according to your travel destination and ensure a smooth trip.

Here is the list of 4 Airports of Bhutan

1. Paro Airport

Paro International Airport is situated in the valley town of Paro in Bhutan. This airport is the country’s first and only international airport which started operating in 1968. Although this airport connects all international flights to and from Paro, the airport is quite small in size with only one terminal and one runway. Located 7300 feet above sea level and surrounded by mountains as high as 16000 feet, this airport is a good starting point for people travelling to the neighbouring tourist points but Paro itself has quite a lot to offer.

Type of Airport: International Airport
Distance from the city: 6-7 kms
Major airlines operating from this airport: Drukair and Bhutan Airlines
Choose this airport if you are travelling to:
Chirang,Daga,Tsirang,Ha

2. Bathpalathang Airport

Located near the Jakar district of Bhutan, the Bathpalathang Airport started operating from 2011 and initially had flights only to and from Paro however, it later got suspended in 2012. This airport reopened recently and has two flights operating from here namely Druk and Bhutan Airlines. Bhutan Airlines flies to and from Paro/Thimpu whereas Druk Air, flies to and from Gelephu/Paro.

Type of Airport: Domestic Airport
Distance from the city: 5-6 kms from Jakar
Major airlines operating from this airport: Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines
Choose this airport if you are travelling to: Chamkhar Valley, Bumthang Bhutan

3. Gelephu Airport

Bhutan’s Gelephu Airport is the country’s third domestic airport, situated in Samtenling,Gewog , near a small town named Gelephu, in the Sarpang district of Bhutan. Although it was built in 2008 to serve as an International Airport, but it was forced to shut down due to logistical and financial constraints. Recently in 2017, it started operating again and hosts only one airline, which flies to and from Jakar and Paro.

Type of Airport: Domestic Airport
Distance from the city: 3-4kms from Gelephu
Major airlines operating from this airport: Druk Air
Choose this airport if you are travelling to: Tali Dratshang, Gyenyan Lhakhang

4. Yongphulla Airport

The Yongphulla Airport, located near Trashigang in Bhutan, was initially built in the 1960s by the Indian Army and at that time had only one airstrip, which was mostly unused. However, in 2010, it was reopened for public use as a domestic airport. There are plans of developing this airport into an International Airport in future. There are two airlines operating from this airport, to and from Jakar and Paro.

Distance from the city: 20-25 kms from Trashigang
Major airlines operating from this airport: Bhutanese Airlines, Druk Air
Choose this airport if you are travelling to: Jakar, Thimpu/Paro

If you’re planning to go on a vacation to Bhutan from India, then the most frequently used airport is the Paro International Airport. The average air ticket fare to Bhutan from India is around INR 10,000, provided you book well in advance. So, now that you know all about the airports of Bhutan, why wait? Book your tickets right away and travel to the World’s Happiest Country!

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