On August 28, Changi Airport welcomed the arrival of Drukair, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan, which is situated in the Himalayas between China and India. A special inaugural flight from the Bhutanese city of Paro landed at Changi Airport with Her Royal Highness Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, the eldest princess of the Bhutan royal family, on board. Her Royal Highness was accompanied by the Bhutan Minister of Information and Communication, and Chairman of Druk Holdings and Investment, among other senior government officials.
Drukair’s Paro-Singapore route begins commercial flights on September 1, 2012. The commencement of this twice-weekly service means passengers departing from Singapore can now reach Bhutan in under six hours, saving an overnight transfer stay in Thailand or India as visitors currently have to do. Singapore is only the fifth country to be linked to Bhutan by air.
Drukair will operate a two-class configuration using Airbus A319 aircraft on the Paro / Singapore service. The flight arrives in Singapore from Paro at 1515 hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while the return flight from Singapore to Paro features an early morning departure out of Changi at 06:00 hours on Thursdays and Sundays. The flight
reaches Paro at 0945 hours, allowing travellers the entire day ahead to explore
Bhutan. Drukair will operate from Changi’s Terminal 1.