Paro International Airport Enhanced With New Infrastructure To Cater To More Passengers

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With the modified departure terminal building, the airport is expected to accommodate about 720 passengers, twice the capacity of the previous building.

Aircraft taxing at Paro International Airport (Source: Drukasia.com)

 

By Phurpa Lhamo | Kuensel

The Paro International airport inaugurated four structures on 24 July. They include a modified departure terminal building, cargo building, a relocated substation and a parallel taxiway worth Nu 440.45 million (M).

The structures were part of a project worth about Nu 800M funded by the Government of India. The project actually began in the 11th Plan. The arrival terminal building which is worth Nu 359.375M, was completed in 2015.

 

Source: DrukAsia.com 

 

The Information and Communications Minister, DN Dhungyel, Nidhi Dhiman from the Embassy of India, the foreign secretary and the Information and Communications secretary attended the ceremony.

The ceremony was part of the celebration of the 50 years of diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan.

Details of the new features of Paro International airport

With the modified departure terminal building, the airport is expected to accommodate about 720 passengers, twice the capacity of the previous building.

 

Bird's eyeview of extended Paro International

Upgraded Paro International Airport with completed taxi way and cargo complex.

Source: DrukAsia.com 

 

The Department of Air Transport’s director, Karma Wangchuk said that the old terminal building had just one departure gate, while the new one has three.

He added that with one departure gate, the terminal building could accommodate only two aircrafts at a time.

“The old terminal building had congestion issues.”

The check-in counters will be increased from 12 to 18. Additional immigration counters will also be put in. Moreover, some space has been identified for automatic check-in systems for the airlines counter and immigration.

“The departure terminal building will be operational within this week. For the parallel taxiway, we are processing for certification of the taxiway way with the civil aviation authority,” Karma Wangchuk said.

In addition, the substation at the airport was relocated to create more space for vehicle parking.

“Now we have ample room and have enough capacity for another 30 years. We should be quite comfortable. We still have more room for expansion. We are concentrating on the safety, standards and services today,” Karma Wangchuk said.

Lyonpo DN Dhungyel said that in 2017, the Paro International Airport handled over 314,069 passengers who flew on 6,294 flights. In total, 671 domestic flights carried more than 11, 974 passengers.

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.

 

How to get to Paro: Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airlines), national carrier of Bhutan, and Bhutan Airlines both fly to the international airport in Paro. The airlines have hubs at Singapore's Changi Airport, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport , Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport and Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport.

With the exception of Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals, independent travelers must plan a trip through an authorized travel agency such as Druk Asia.
Travel packages cost US$250 per day (US$200 for low season), include licensed guide, land transport, all meals and three-star accommodation.

 


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