Country’s first pvt airline suspends domestic flights


For failing to attract enough passengers, the Bhutan Airlines has finally decided to chip its domestic wings.

The Bhutan Airlines

The Airlines that currently owns 8-seater turboprop, Pilatus PC-12, has so far flown just 336 passengers since it came into operation in December last year.

However, the final decision regarding the suspension is expected to be approved by the aviation authority sometime next week. The turboprop has been parked inside a hangar at the Paro Airport.

Meanwhile, the Airlines is learnt to be been preparing to sell the aircraft to raise expected funds of US$ 3 million for leasing an airbus A320 as it plans to operate international flights. If everything goes as per Airlines plan, Bhutan will have two airlines for international operations by October or November this year.

For finalizing the leasing package, the Tashi Group has been approached to lend another 3 million, reports quoted Bhutan Airlines CEO David Young as confirming.