Drukair’s Paro to Singapore
Royal Cake: Posing with the cake baked to welcome Bhutan’s national carrier Drukair to Singapore were Tandin Jamso, CEO Drukair; Yap Ong Heng, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore; Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, Singapore; Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck of Bhutan; Lyonpo Nandalal Rai, Minister of Information and Communication, Kingdom of Bhutan; Lyonpo Om Pradhan, Chairman, Druk Holdings and Investment; and Lee Seow Hiang, CEO Changi Airport Group. The princess was then shown the Bhutan photo exhibition in the Singapore Changi Airport T3 Departure Hall.
- Drukair, the national carrier of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, added Singapore (SIN) to its route map on 1 September. The airline serves the city state with twice-weekly frequencies from Paro (PBH), operating via Kolkata (CCU) in India, using 114-seat A319 aircraft. This makes Singapore only the fifth country to be connected with Bhutan by air. Tourism Council of Bhutan figures show that about 1,300 visitors from Singapore headed for Bhutan in 2011, representing an increase of more than 70% over 2010. Changi Airport Group’s EVP Air Hub Development, Yam Kum Weng, commented: “In recent years, more people in Singapore and the region are looking forward to visiting Bhutan to experience its unspoilt, exotic beauty and rich culture. Drukair’s commencement of flights from Paro to Singapore is timely in meeting this increasing market demand, and enhancing the people-to-people exchange between the two countries.” Tandin Jamso, Drukair’s CEO, added: “Drukair is honoured by the warm welcome given by Singapore. For Drukair, Singapore is not just another destination, but an opportunity to bring our two nations and people together. Drukair aims to connect Singapore to Bhutan, and afford its people an opportunity to experience a way of life that is slowly fading in many countries, an opportunity to experience happiness like the Bhutanese. The goal of Drukair is to eventually make Singapore our gateway to the world.”