To provide efficient and reliable delivery of services for safe, secure and sustainable operation of airports in Bhutan
To develop and manage airport and air navigation infrastructure and services to international standards, meeting our stakeholders values while profitably contributing to the national economic development.
About the Department:
Department of Air Transport (DoAT) is a statutory department under the Ministry of Information and Communications of Royal Government of Bhutan, constituted by civil aviation act 2016. It came into existence on 24th April 2014 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. The department owns and maintains 4 airports including 3 Domestic airports. DOAT provides Air Navigation Services (ANS) at all airports / civil enclaves in the country, assigned and as designated by Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). Department is committed to its mandate of creating more airport infrastructure and navigation infrastructure across the length and breadth of the nation.
From its beginning with a handful of people in 1986, it has now bloomed into a competent technical organisation with 9 technical sections and over 200 staffs. The Department has progressed from an organisation totally reliant on external expertise to being fully staffed by national professionals.
STRUCTURE OF Department:
Department of Air Transport is headed by the senior post holder having the post of
Director General or the Director, appointed by the RCSC through competitive post.
Department of Air Transport comprises of five divisions, under the direct supervision of
Head of the Department and Head of Airport Operation.
I. Directorate of DoAT
a) Administrative & Finance Division (AFD)
b) Airport Safety Management (ASM)
c) Domestic Airport Operation (DAO)
d) International Airport Operation (IAO)
II. Domestic Airport Operation (DAO)
a) Bumthang Domestic Airport
b) Gelephu Domestic Airport
c) Yonphula Domestic Airport
III. International Airport Operations (IAO)
a) Air Navigation Service Provider Division (ANSPD)
b) Airport Planning & Development Division (APDD)
c) Airport Service Division (ASD)
The Director of DoAT shall directly oversees the Administrative & Finance Division,
Airport Safety & Quality Assurance Divisions & Domestic Airport Operations, however the
Chief of Airport Operation who shall be directly responsibility to Director/Director
General shall oversees the Airport Service Division, Air Navigation Service Division &
Airport Development Division.
Some of the milestones the department has achieved over the past years:
On 17 May 1989 Bhutan ratified the Chicago Convention of 1944 and became a Contracting State to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Bhutan has also ratified the Tokyo Convention on 25th January 1989, The Hague Convention on 28th December 1988 and the Montreal Convention on 28th December 1988.
The Civil Aviation Act was first passed in 1990, which was later revised and re-enacted in 2000. The Act provides a legal basis for the development and enforcement of Bhutan Air Navigation Regulations, according to which the state responsibilities are discharged. The Act also provides a legal force to the Chicago Convention and its annexes in Bhutan.
Till date Bilateral Air Services Agreement have been signed with five countries enabling air services to six destinations on the following dates:
4th July 1986, with People’s Republic of Bangladesh
10th September 1991, with the Republic of India
2nd June 1993 , with the Kingdom of Thailand
7th August 2002 , with the Union of Myanmar
4th February 2004, with the Kingdom of Nepal
Commissioning of the new passenger terminal and ATC tower complex at Paro airport in 1999. The new infrastructure and associated facilities have tremendously enhanced the quality and reliability of services and have helped streamline the security procedures at the airport.
In accordance with the civil aviation act the Bhutan Air Navigation Regulations was published on 1st April 1999.
In the year 2000, the Fire Section of DCA took over the Airport Fire Fighting & Rescue Services from the Indian Air Force Element.
In 2004 the Civil Aviation Master plan was drafted under the Bhutan Civil Aviation Master Plan (CAMP) and Management Training Project .
Bilateral Air Services Agreements
(presently enabling air services to Bangkok, Calcutta, Dhaka, Delhi, Gaya, Bagdogra, Kathmandu, Mumbai, & Singapore. Services to Myanmar temporarily suspended)
1968-Paro airstrip operational
1981-National airline Druk Air established by Royal Decree
1983-Commercial air transport commenced with two 18-seater Dornier
1986-DCA formerly established
1988-Bhutan: party to Hague Convention
1988-Bhutan: party to Montreal Convention
1989-Bhutan party to Tokyo Convention
1989-Bhutan became a ICAO member State
1990-The Civil Aviation Act, 1990 passed
1992-The Bhutan Air Navigation Regulations (BANR) promulgated – based on ICAO requirements.
1993-Becomes Druk Air Corporation Ltd.
2000-The Civil aviation Act amended
2002-BANR amended (supplement in 1994)
17th Dec 2011–Domestic air service to Bumthang & Yongphula launched
2011-Tashi Air launched (Domestic)
2012-Tashi Air suspended (May)
Sept 2012-Gelephu Runway inaugurated
2013-Tashi Air to commence international-Oct 2013 (Ministry’s approval)
2013-Draft Act for Regulation of Civil Aviation underway (ADB)
Organizational Chart of Department Functional Chart of Department
Phone No : 08-271403
PA to Director
Phone No.: 975 8 271403
Asst. Airport Manager
Phone No.: 975-8-270131
Administrative and Finance Division
Asst. Account Officer
Phone No.: 975-8-276401
Phone No: 975 8 271324
Store and Procurement Section
Phone No.: 975 8 272877
Airport Development Division
Chief of Airport Development Division
Phone No.: 975 8 271750
Jamyang T Dorji
Phone No.: 975 8 272168
Phone No.: 975 8 272168
Airport Services Division
Chief of Airport Services Division
Phone No.:975 8 271404
Asst Security Officer
Phone No.: 975 8 272274
Aviation Security Section
AVSEC Card Unit
Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services
Head of Rescue & Fire
Air Navigation Division
Chief of Air Navigation Division
Phone No.:975 8 271406
Communication and Navigation Services
Dy. Chief of Communication and Navigation Services