Druk Air - Royal Bhutan Airlines
Druk Air, the National Flag Carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan, was established by Royal Proclamation on the 5th of April, 1981. The history of Druk Air is synonymous with the history of aviation in Bhutan.
Paro airport was commissioned in 1968 but actual scheduled Civil Air transport started only with the arrival of the Dornier 228 in 1983. The 14th of January 1983, was an important day in the history of Druk Air. It was the day when the first aircraft belonging to the Royal Government of Bhutan touched down at Paro airport, a German made Dornier 228-200.
Operations with Dornier 228 were full of delays and diversions caused by bad weather either over Paro airport or at the entry point to Bhutan in the foothills. Paro airport is located in a deep valley at an elevation of 7333 feet above sea level while the surrounding hills go up to 16000 feet and the approach into airport is entirely by visual flight rules (VFR).
Actual progress in Druk Air started with the introduction of the BAe 146 in November 1988. Within a short span of the introduction of the BAe 146-100, Druk Air route network was increased to link Paro with New Delhi, Bangkok and Kathmandu besides the existing link with Kolkatta and Dhaka. The reliability and the comfort of BAe 146 slowly induced travel by air from Paro as the preferred means of travel for the most people.
Druk Air’s Current Fleet
Number of Aircraft : 3 Airbus A 319 & 1 ATR 42-500
Seats configuration in Airbus A 319 : 102 Economy & 16 Business
Seats configuration in ATR : 48 Economy
Druk Air’s Network
Druk Air operates flight services to 5 countries and 10 international destinations (New Delhi, Kolkatta, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Dhaka, Singapore) operating from Paro International Airport as its hub. Within Bhutan, airline offers domestic services to Bumthang and Trashigang.
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Check in formalities
The suggested reporting time for Druk Air’s flight is 2.1/2 hours prior to flight departure.
Itinerary receipts (tickets) and travel documents must be presented at the time of check-in.
For all travel, it is the ticket holder's responsibility to ensure that all required visas (except Indian, Bangladeshis & Maldives nationals) have been obtained and presented at check-in.
The airlines reserves the right to refuse carriage to a passenger who fails to present the necessary travel documents.
Time shown on the itinerary receipt (tickets) is the departure time of the aircraft and the check-in counters close 45 – 60 minutes (depending upon stations) prior to departure time.
Reconfirmation of Flight
Passengers are advised to reconfirm their flights at least 72 hours before scheduled departure. Re-confirmation is important in case of any changes to your flight. This can be done through agent from which ticket is procured.
The free baggage allowances on Druk Air’s scheduled international flights are as follows:
BUSINESS CLASS : 40 kg (68 pounds)
INFANTS: Infants paying only 10% of the applicable air fare are not entitled to any free baggage allowance.
Please observe that the weight of your unchecked baggage/cabin baggage is part of you free baggage allowance.
All other articles - such as flight bags, briefcases, typewriters, ladies vanity cases, large size cameras, etc - can be weighed and, if applicable, excess baggage charges will be levied.
** If you have connecting flights and your baggage has to be checked in to final destination, please inform at the check-in counter before checking your luggage. Baggage Check-in is only available, with an agreement airline.
Unchecked Baggage/cabin Baggage Special Regulations
According to security regulations, airline advises passengers :
Druk Air flight timing
Due to the geographical location and operating challenges out of Paro airport in Bhutan which is severely dependent on weather conditions, the schedule timings are subject to change without prior notice. Travelers are therefore, requested to check with airline or agent’s offices for the latest information. Airline reserves the rights without assigning any reason to cancel, reschedule, or overfly or delay the commencement or deviate from the route of the journey. Therefore, all passengers are advised to maintain a sufficient connection time to avoid misconnection.
Documents Required for travel by Air (in case the passenger is a patient)
1. Fit to travel by air certificate signed by a Physician
2. CID of patient and escort if travelling to India and passport if travelling to other countries.
3. Child Health Card or Birth Certificate if the patient is minor and travelling to India and Passport if travelling to other countries.
4. Reservation of 5 seats incase stretcher is required and one day prior information to Druk Air is required.
5. Oxygen cylinder can be provided upon payment of Nu. 1000 (Rs 1000) at the check-in counter.
Wheelchair Assistance To The Plane
· Passengers with walking difficulties should request for wheelchair assistance at the check-in counters.
In Flight Cuisine
On board, airline serves complimentary veg & non veg meals, both in economy & business class.
Airline also offers a wide selection of special meals to cater to different dietary requirements. Special meal request should be made at the time of flight booking or should be intimated 72 hours before flight departure.
Customers wishing to try Bhutanese cuisine can also order Bhutanese dish under special meal prior to their flight departure.
Tashi Delek is the inflight magazine of Drukair, Royal Bhutan Airlines, published once in two months.
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