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Bhutan airlines to operate Bangkok flight

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 � The Drukair-Royal Bhutan Airlines will commence its operations to Guwahati and onwards to Bangkok from October 31.

The bi-weekly flights would operate on Paro-Guwahati-Bangkok route.

This was formally announced by Tandin Jamso, chief operating officer, Drukair-Royal Bhutan Airlines during a press meet here on Tuesday.

�Drukair hopes that this new route will promote tourism industry by opening doors to expanded travel opportunities in the diverse North East region,� Jamso said.

The inaugural flight carrying delegates from Royal Bhutan reached Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport around 2 pm on Tuesday.

The days of operations of the flight would be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and flights to Guwahati from Bhutan will take approximately 50 minutes and it will take about 3 hours to Bangkok.

�More than the commercial viability of the flights, we are looking at enhancing ties with the State. Promoting tourism is another aspect that has been accorded priority,� said Kesang Wangdi, director general of Tourism Council of Bhutan.

The annual turnover of Drukair is estimated at Rs 1.6 billion and the air traffic to Bhutan in 2009 was around 1, 20,000.

Tshering Wangda, consulate general, Kolkata, addressing the gathering said that the flight would further strengthen the traditional ties shared by both the countries and as far as its economic viability is concerned, things are looking positive.

Representatives from the Ministry of Home and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Bhutan Government, were also present on the occasion.

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Bhutan airlines to operate Bangkok flight

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 � The Drukair-Royal Bhutan Airlines will commence its operations to Guwahati and onwards to Bangkok from October 31.

The bi-weekly flights would operate on Paro-Guwahati-Bangkok route.

This was formally announced by Tandin Jamso, chief operating officer, Drukair-Royal Bhutan Airlines during a press meet here on Tuesday.

�Drukair hopes that this new route will promote tourism industry by opening doors to expanded travel opportunities in the diverse North East region,� Jamso said.

The inaugural flight carrying delegates from Royal Bhutan reached Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport around 2 pm on Tuesday.

The days of operations of the flight would be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and flights to Guwahati from Bhutan will take approximately 50 minutes and it will take about 3 hours to Bangkok.

�More than the commercial viability of the flights, we are looking at enhancing ties with the State. Promoting tourism is another aspect that has been accorded priority,� said Kesang Wangdi, director general of Tourism Council of Bhutan.

The annual turnover of Drukair is estimated at Rs 1.6 billion and the air traffic to Bhutan in 2009 was around 1, 20,000.

Tshering Wangda, consulate general, Kolkata, addressing the gathering said that the flight would further strengthen the traditional ties shared by both the countries and as far as its economic viability is concerned, things are looking positive.

Representatives from the Ministry of Home and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Bhutan Government, were also present on the occasion.