The number of travellers using domestic air services in the country is on a steady rise, according to recent statistics published by the Ministry of Information and Communications.
The Drukair carried a total of 6,991 people in its domestic flights during the first half of 2019.
Drukair is the only domestic air service provider.
Domestic air service in Bhutan was launched on December 17, 2011 with flights to Bumthang and Yonphula in Trashigang. Flights to Gelephu were started on October 25, 2012.
The introduction of the air service significantly saved travellers exploring eastern Bhutan up to three days of driving time.
A total of 49,694 people had taken domestic flights from the date of launch to July this year.
The figures do not include helicopter services taken by people.
Helicopter service in the country is being operated by the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited.
In 2012, Drukair had carried 881 domestic air passengers. Last year, a total of 12,293 people took domestic flights.
The most frequent travels are made between Paro and Bumthang, according to the statistics.
International air passenger also increased significantly over the last one decade.
The number of international passengers taking Drukair and Bhutan Airlines increased from 127,181 in 2010 to 348,448 in 2018.
As of July this year, the national airline Drukair and the country’s first privately owned airlines Bhutan Airlines, together carried a total of 191,4677 international air passengers for the year.
According to the statistics, New Delhi is the most travelled destination in terms of the number of outgoing passengers from Paro international airport followed by Kolkata.
The statistics is published by the ministry aimed at disseminating up-to date and correct information and statistical data on air services in the country.