Flying out of the clouds and towards the airstrip in the beautiful Paro Valley is like flying straight into a fairy tale with the magical landscapes of the Himalayas as its setting, making it one of the most memorable touchdowns for first timers.
Built by the Indian Border Roads Organisation in 1968 to be used as a helipad, Druk Air, Bhutan’s first airline service, started operations only in 1983.
Paro Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan, is situated at an elevation of 2235m and the spectacular yet surprisingly uncongested airport is located 6km away from Paro and 65km from Thimphu, the capital city. The airport has a very homely feeling in that everything about the airport is wrapped in smiles, the very first taste and probably the very first breath of the carbon negative happiness kingdom, for countless travelers from around the world.
Public facilities at Paro Airport include a post office, bank, a lounge for VIP’s, restaurants, cafeterias, taxi service, a duty free shop and gift shops. The other airports of Bhutan are Batpalathang Domestic Airport (Bumthang), Yongphula Domestic Airport (Trashigang) and the Gelephu Domestic Airport (Sarpang).