Happy 111th National Day

This is an Auspicious occasion to re-dedicate ourselves and thank our beloved Monarchs for their Majesty’s unwavering love and care for the peace, stability and unity of all Bhutanese.

We the family of DoAT( Department of Air Transport) offer our prayers for the long life of our Kings on this very special day.

‘Successful democracy should be accompanied by economic transformation towards creating a just, equal and harmonious  society’– An aspiration of His Majesty, the 5th Druk Gyalpo.



An FOD cleaning campaign was launched on 28th November 2018. The cleaning campaign focused on collection of FOD from the runway and parallel taxiway strips. Presence of FOD at airside is a serious risk to airside operation. Despite of the presence of daily FOD checks at movement areas by relevant personnel, the cleaning campaign was conducted as an additional effort towards ensuring airside safety.

Over 50 staff from various Divisions of DoAT participated in the campaign. The campaign was initiated by the Department’s working group. The campaign was a success and the working group extends their appreciation to all the support from the staff of DoAT. The cleaning campaign shall be conducted on a monthly basis.

Source: Civil Engineer

Jamayang T Dorji

Contact No:08-272168


Source: Working group, DoAT


Visit by Special Education Need (SEN) students of Drugyel school on 30/9/18.

Visit to Paro International Airport by Special Education Need (SEN) students of Drugyel on 30/09/18. This initiative will assist to create self-awareness, experience and exposure with regard to the functioning of the aviation industry. The enthusiastic special need students, their parents and teachers visited RBHSL, Airbus and Departure Terminal.

DoAT would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to RBHSL and Drukair for their continued support.
We wish the students great success in their future endeavor.


Source: Airport Manager

Dawa Dem

New Taxiway Testing( Paro International Airport)

taxiway is a path for aircraft at an airport connecting runways with aprons, hangars, terminals and other facilities. They mostly have a hard surface such as asphalt or concrete, although smaller general aviation airports sometimes use gravel or grass.

Busy airports typically construct high-speed or rapid-exit taxiways to allow aircraft to leave the runway at higher speeds. This allows the aircraft to vacate the runway quicker, permitting another to land or take off in a shorter interval of time. This is usually accomplished by making the exiting taxiway longer, thus giving the aircraft more space in which to slow down, before the taxiways’ upcoming intersection with another (perpendicular) taxiway, another runway, or the ramp/tarmac.

Source: Official Forum

Edutainment Tour to Paro Airport(Arekha Middle Secondary School)

Arekha Middle Secondary School students on Edutainment Tour to Paro Airport on 20th August 2018. A study tour program-Paving the way ahead is an initiative taken by the Principal Tshering Dorji since 2014 for the excelling students who secured 80% and above. This year a total of 69 students from Class III-X were part of the tour.


They visited the Helicopter and Airbus. Dawa dem (Airport Manager) and Deki Yangzom ( Electrical Enginner) coordinated from the department.


Source: Dawa Dem, Airport Manager

Air Side Drivers Training

AirSide Driver Training was conducted by DoAT (Department of Air Transport)  to all the drivers from different agencies working in the Airport.

some of the points learned were like :

Behind the wheel of a bright new bus or car along at a snail’s pace on top of a pallet loader, it’s the driver who is responsible for negotiating the traffic hazards while keeping to the rules and regulations that apply on the apron. Airside driving of one sort or another is a part of most ground handling tasks.

Any amount of training will hardly prepare the operator for the real world of moving traffic, aircraft noise and radio messages — all focused on their particular part of the jigsaw, all moving at different speeds, different directions and with a largely diverse fleet of equipment. Add to that aircraft movements coming and going at speed or just holding while awaiting clearance (a necessary but frustrating delay for vehicular traffic), getting the job done becomes more difficult and has to be done faster.

Allowing a driver to read or write a text message at the wheel is an issue that all airports should be looking at very seriously in the workplace. It is not unusual now for an operator to be carrying both a work and personal cell phone — twice the communication traffic, twice the distraction.

Personal experience builds up a defense system in the driver’s mind. For example, driving out of an underpass during the day is a transition from darkness into blinding sunlight, creating a moment of vision loss. These safety clues, built up over time, are very valuable and each driver has a mental list they carry with them on the road.