On 19th Dec 2011, Drukair begins operating the domestic routes from Paro to Bumthang (Central Bhutan) and Yonphula (Eastern Bhutan).
This service will significantly save travellers whom wish to explore the span of East-West Bhutan up to 3 days of driving time. The total time required to reach the eastern most airport of Yonphula, which is about an hours drive to Trashigang is only 2.5 hours giving Drukair time to pick up and drop off travellers in Bumthang.
Travellers wishing to visit the central Bhutan town of Bumthang would be able to reach there in 35 min versus the traditional 12 hours drive from Thimphu.
Domestic Flight Costing & Bookings
The flight cost are $170 USD from Paro to Bumthang and $215 USD from Paro to Yonphula.
Currently domestic flights tickets can only be purchased at Drukair Thimphu office.
International travellers wishing to book Drukair’s domestic flights should contact her agents to make a booking. A passport copy will be required for booking Drukair’s domestic flights.
ATR 42-500 to service Paro-Bumthang-Yonphula Route
The ATR 42-500 begin operation with Drukair in June 2011. It will fly to the nearby cities of Kolkata, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Gaya and Bagdogra. . It is a 48 economy seater but can be also converted into 8 VIP seat and 22 economy seat, available for charter.
Manufacturer: Aerei da Trasporto Regionale
ATR 42-500 official website