Department of Air Transport (DoAT) is a statutory department constituted by civil aviation act 2016. It came into existence on 24th April 2015 by bifurcating the erstwhile Department of Civil Aviation with a view to accelerate the integrated development, expansion and modernization of the Air Traffic Services, Passenger Terminals, Operational Areas and Cargo Facilities at the airports across the country.
DOAT owns and maintains 4 airports including 3 Domestic airports. DOAT provides Air Navigation Services (ANS) at all airports / civil enclaves in the country, assigned by Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). DOAT is committed to its mandate of creating more airport infrastructure and navigation infrastructure across the length and breadth of the nation.
- to provide a boost to international trade and tourism and enhance the country’s image in the community of nations;
- to provide airport capacity ahead of demand, in order to handle an increasing volume of air traffic and to garner the maximum share of traffic in the region;
- to enhance airport facilities to make the airport user friendly and achieve higher level of customer satisfaction.
- to ensure total safety and security of aircraft operations by the introduction of state-of-art air traffic, security and related services;
- to foster the development of a strong airport infrastructure, maintaining a balance between the need for economic viability and the objective of equitable regional dispersal of infrastructural facilities;
- emphasis on the development of infrastructure for remote and inaccessible areas, especially the Eastern, center and Southern regions;
- regulate fees and charges for air services as well as for use of aviation infrastructure based on approval of the regulator