Airlines, Asia

Flying Drukair Business Class from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan

September 17, 2019

Paro is the sole international airport in Bhutan, and it is the operational base of Drukair – Royal Bhutan Airlines. We flew Drukair Business Class from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan. Here is what you can expect if you travel this route in Drukair Business Class.

Airport Check-in

Arrive as early as possible for the Drukair flights. Weather is a factor because the pilots must fly into Paro using visual flight rules. Durkair flights can depart ahead of schedule because of predicted changes to the weather. The check-in counter in Bangkok opens 2.5 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Business Class Lounge Access

After check-in, Drukair Business Class passengers can access the Sky Lounge at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Self-serve food in the Sky Lounge included mushroom pie, spinach puff, rice and vegetables, ham and cheese croissants, Asian noodles, and crepes. A selection of hot and cold beverages was available. Our kids enjoyed pastries and juice while we had a glass of pre-flight Champagne.

Drukair Business Class Cabin and Seats

Drukair operated an Airbus A319 aircraft on the scenic flight from Bangkok to Paro. The Drukair A319 Business Class cabin is a two by two configuration over four rows. In addition, there are 102 Economy Class seats on this airplane.

Drukair Business Class seats

The spacious leather Business Class seats have a leg rest and pillow. There is no inflight-entertainment system in the Drukair Business Class cabin. But the views within Bhutan and elsewhere in the Himalayan Mountains are stunning. Be sure to request a window seat when you fly Drukair. I sat on the right side of the airplane on the flight from Bangkok to Paro.

Inflight Food and Drinks

Business Class passengers can select a meal from a menu covered with colourful Bhutanese fabric. The diverse meal selection on our flight from Bangkok to Paro included fresh fruit, cheese omelette, black pepper chicken, and spinach ravioli.

Drukair Business Class menu

Fresh fruit breakfast Drukair Business Class

Complimentary non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages were available to Business Class passengers.

Drukair Business Class – Travel Tips

  • Landing at the Paro airport is challenging. The airport is located at 2200 m (7218 feet) and landing can only be done manually using a visual approach. The Drukair pilots are specially trained for flying in and out of Paro, Bhutan.
  • Most international visitors require a Visa before entering Bhutan. Visit Bhutan’s Tourism Council website for more information.

You might also be interested in reading about flying Bangkok Airways and Cathay Pacific Business Class.

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