Bhutan’s Drukair Prepares Launch Of Singapore Flights

Drukair, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bhutan, made its debut in Singapore yesterday with a special inaugural flight from Paro. Carrying a delegation led by Her Royal Highness Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, the Airbus A319 jet touched down at Changi International Airport to kick start month-long festivities to commemorate the route’s commercial launch on 1 September 2012 and promote Bhutan to the general public.


Flight KB 500 will depart Paro at 0720 hrs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving in Kolkata at 0800 hrs before continuing to Singapore at 0840 hrs, where it arrives at 1505 hrs. On the return leg, flight KB 501 takes off from Changi International Airport at 0600 hrs, landing at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at 0735 hrs and taking off again at 0805 hrs for a 0945 hrs arrival at Paro Airport. Drukair will utilize its new 2-class Airbus A319 aircraft, configured with 20 Business and 94 Economy Class seats, on the route.


The new service reduces travel time between Singapore and Bhutan to under 6 hours, eliminating the need for an overnight transfer in Thailand or India. The airline is targeting the fast-growing leisure segment on the route and is looking to use Singapore, its ninth international destination, as an important gateway city to the rest of the world.


Drukair currently operates a fleet of 2 A319 jets and a single ATR42-500 turboprop aircraft, flying to destinations in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Thailand.


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