New Air­ports in the Moun­tains

Southasia - - Briefing -

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.

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