New Airports in the Mountains
In a bid to improve the country’s infrastructure, Bhutan is ready to inaugurate its third domestic airport in Gelephu. In addition to this, the government will re-launch two other airports in Bumthang and Trashigang. With a small population of 650,000, Bhutan is a landlocked nation bordering India from three sides and cushioned by China in the north. Drukair, the national carrier, will service all three airports but will operate international flights only from Paro. The national airline currently operates flights to India, Nepal and Thailand, with Singapore as the next frontier. Namgay Wangchuk, General Manager of Drukair is confident that the presence of a third airport will lead to a timely scheduling of flights. The construction of the new airport in Gelephu has been halted numerous times, most recently after a bridge in Trongsa collapsed and damaged construction material. Bad weather previously delayed the repair work at Trashigang. The presence of a third airport will greatly facilitate business in Bhutan, enabling businessmen and others to travel to different parts of the country with ease.