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DoAT to revamp Paro international airport in the 12th Plan

Infra News - Published on Wed, 15 May 2019

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The number of people travelling by air in the country has doubled in the last five years. According to the Department of Air Transport, passenger count increased to 397,599 in 2018 from 190,471 in 2013-108.7 percent. Similarly, aircraft operations increased to 6,761 in 2018 from 2,500 in 2013-169.79 percent.

At the recent national tourism conference in Thimphu, Airport Manager Dawa Dem said that in order to ease passenger check-in and check-out process, the department had done away with immigration forms. Parallel taxiway has also been constructed which has been operational since October 2018. “With the construction of parallel taxiway, we can now clear more flights than before,” she said. “Currently, during peak hours, we clear about 24 flights in a day. We now have a capacity of clearing about 50 flights a day.”

The department plans to revamp the Paro International Airport in the 12th Plan.

Dawa Dem said that the department was working on installing traditional cornices at the immigration counters and SIM card counter area. The department is also working on the construction of walkway and waiting area outside the terminal buildings, beautification of airside and landside with seasonal plantations. The department will involve VAST Bhutan for interior design with traditional architectural concepts.

Dawa Dem said that “As soon as visitors enter the airport, they will get to know the basic concept of the country in the form of art, paintings, and murals.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 15 May 2019
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