Paro International Airport is the sole international airport of the four airports in the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is 6 km from Paro in a deep valley on the bank of the river Paro Chhu. With surrounding peaks as high as 5,500 m (18,000 ft), it is considered one of the world's most challenging airports, and only a select number of pilots are certified to land at the airport.
Flights to and from Paro are allowed under visual meteorological conditions only and are restricted to daylight hours from sunrise to sunset. Paro airport was the only airport in Bhutan until 2011. Paro Airport is accessible by road, 6 km from Paro city, and 54 km from Thimphu by Paro-Thimphu road.
Public facilities at Paro Airport include a post office, bank, a lounge for VIP’s, restaurants, cafeterias, taxi service, a duty free shop and gift shops.
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Thanks to His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Paro Airport now boasts a new look. Visitors flying into Bhutan can look forward to a fresh experience at its national aviation facility.
William first arrived in the Kingdom on 7th Sep 2018, on Airbus 319 A5-RGG, and seated just like the rest of the passengers. He looked outside the window to enjoy the beautiful crispy morning over the Himalayas. It was a memorable experience as that was the very first time William travelled to Asia and first time moving to live abroad.