Bhutan’s new Bangkok flight awaited at Calcutta

Calcutta: When Bhutan Airlines’ brand new aircraft  touches down at Calcutta airport later this month, it be its maiden international flight. It will also be the first new carrier to arrive at Terminal 2 that opened to passengers eight months ago.

Bhutan Airlines commercial director Ugyen Tenzin said the airline will start daily flights on the Bangkok-Calcutta-Paro-Calcutta-Bangkok route later this month following a formality to be completed with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

“We are eager to begin services to Calcutta that is a evolving as an important market for tourist traffic to Bhutan,” said Tenzin. At present, Jet Airways operates two daily flights to Bangkok while Thai Airways, Indigo Airlines and AirAsia have a daily operation. On Calcutta-Paro sector, the only operator at present is Druk Air.

While the flight to Bangkok will depart at 11.50am, the one from Bangkok will arrive at 7.30am. Similarly, the flight to Paro will department at 8.10am while the Paro-Calcutta flight will touch down at 10.35am.

Lalit Mohan Khosla, vice-president of Bird Group, the carrier’s general sales agent in India, said the fares would be competitive. “Bhutan Airlines is a full-service carrier. So it will offer fares that are in sync with Thai and Jet,” he said.

While additional seats on the  Calcutta-Bangkok sector may lead to more competitive fares, Khosla said the airline would match fares offered by Druk on the Calcutta-Paro sector and not undercut it in any way.

Welcoming the prospect of a new airline flying into Calcutta, Travel Agents’ Federation of India chairman (east) Anil Punjabi said the carrier would be a boost to tourists keen to explore Bhutan. “With just one flight to the Himalayan kingdom at present, few seats are available and they are all very expensive at present. Hopefully, the scenario will change now,” said Punjabi.

Khosla also informed that Bangladeshi private carrier Regent Airways that currently operates three flights from Calcutta to Chittagong will add a daily Dhaka connection from November 15. The GSA is also hopeful of Air China responding positively to their study favouring flight between Beijing and Calcutta.


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