Bhutan opens up with private jet services

Bhutan’s Paro International Airport

Bhutan’s national carrier Drukair has formed a new partnership to offer private jet services in the Himalayan kingdom.

The deal with Chapman Freeborn will see the charter specialist provide private jets and flying permits to operate charters to Bhutan, as well as certified navigators – essential when negotiating the country’s mountainous airports.

“One of the most exclusive and sought-after travel destinations”

Chapman Freeborn’s global sales and marketing director, Alex Berry, said: “We’re honoured to be working in partnership with Drukair in this venture. Chapman Freeborn is forever linked with opening up new private jet markets, and as one of the most exclusive and sought-after travel destinations in the world we’re excited to be launching this service,” Berry said.

“The only airline that links Bhutan to the outside world”

Welcoming the partnership, Drukair’s general manager, Tshering Penjore, added; “Drukair has been providing reliable and safe transportation for the last 30 years and as the only airline that links Bhutan to the outside world, the challenge to fulfill diverse air transportation needs has become critical.

“The partnership with Chapman Freeborn will enable us to use the wide and global resources and portfolio of aircraft for private charters. Further we expect to build a strong and readily available access to improve search and rescue and emergency air operations within Bhutan.”

The private jet service will be based at Bhutan’s Paro International Airport, which is located in a deep valley, 2,200 metres above sea level. With surrounding peaks rising above 5,500 metres, it is considered one of the most challenging airports in the world for take-offs and landings, with only a limited number of pilots certified to use the airport.

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