One of the smallest national carriers in the world, Druk Air has a fleet of five BAE - 146 Whisper Jet aircrafts. An international team of flight attendants, trained by Thai Airways International added to the airline's credibility. Druk Air has 10 destinations - Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkota, Gauhati, Bagdogra in India, Kathmandu in Nepal and Dhaka in Bangladesh. A private airline called Bhutan Airlines started operating since 2013. As the plane rises to towards foothills of the Himalayas, the mountains rise to eye level with the aircraft. On clear days from Kathmandu, the airplane flies past the summit of Everest.
The most convenient Gateway city in terms of the most flights per week is Suvanabhumi International Airport, Bangkok. Depending on the day of the week the flights departing from Bangkok makes one stop in Singapore, Kolkota or Dhaka. Total flight time from Bangkok to Paro is 3-4 hours. Delay does occur due to unpredictable Himalayan weather conditions. International travelers are advised to build an extra day or two in their itinerary in case of flight cancellations. Confirmation of travel during festival seasons (March, April, May in Spring) and September, October & November in Autumn) must be made at least three months in advance to ensure seats with the airline. The aircrafts have seating capacity of 72 - 120 with Business Class.