About Us


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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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
    4. 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.
    5. In accordance with the civil aviation act the Bhutan Air Navigation Regulations was published on 1st April 1999.
    6. In the year 2000, the Fire Section of DCA took over the Airport Fire Fighting & Rescue Services from the Indian Air Force Element.
    7. 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

    1. Bangladesh
    2. India
    3. Nepal
    4. Thailand
    5. Myanmar
    6. Singapore
    7. Maldives

    (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)
    • 2010-BANR revised
    • 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

    Karma Wangchuk
    Email: kwangchuk@doat.gov.bt
    Phone No : 08-271403

    Director Office

    Lunki Lhamo

    PA to Director

    Email: llhamo@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.: 975 8 271403

    Airport Manager

    Dawa Dem
    Asst. Airport Manager
    Email: ddem@doat.gov.bt
    Phone No.: 975-8-270131

    Administrative and Finance Division

    Finance Section

    Yogesh Sanyasi

    Asst. Account Officer

    Email: ysanyasi@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.: 975-8-276401


    HR Section

    Ranman Pradhan

    HR Asst.

    Email: rpradhan@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No: 975 8 271324


    Adm Asst.

    ICT Services

    Ngawang Namgyal


    Email: nnamgyal@doat.gov.bt

    Store and Procurement Section

    Deki Tshomo

    Asstaint Engineer(Store/Procurement)

    Email: dtshomo@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.: 975 8 272877

    Airport Development Division

    Ugyen Dorji

    Chief of Airport Development Division

    Email: udorji@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.: 975 8 271750

    Engineering Section

    Jamyang T Dorji

    Executive Engineer

    Email: jtdorji@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.: 975 8 272168

    Tashi Gyeltshen

    Executive Engineer

    Email: tgyeltshen@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.: 975 8 272168

    Pelden Lhamo

    Executive engineer

    Email: plhamo@doat.gov.bt

    Sangay Tenzin

    Civil Engineer

    Email: sangaytenzin@doat.gov.bt

    Deki Yangzom

    Electrical Engineer

    Email: dyangzom@doat.gov.bt


    Airport Services Division

    Tashi Dukpa

    Chief of Airport Services Division

    Email: tdukpa@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.:975 8 271404

    Airport Security

    Kinzang Chedon

    Asst Security Officer

    Email: kchedon@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.: 975 8 272274

    Aviation Security Section

    AVSEC Card Unit

    Pelden Singye

    Security Assistant

    Sonam Norbu

    Security Assistant

    Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services

    Dorji Khandu

    Head of Rescue & Fire

    Email: dorjik@doat.gov.bt

    Air Navigation Division

    Kinley Gusay

    Chief of Air Navigation Division

    Email: kgusay@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.:975 8 271406

    Communication and Navigation Services


    Dy. Chief of Communication and Navigation Services

    Email: sangay@doat.gov.bt

    Phone No.: 975 8 271407

    Sonam Dorji

    Com Assistant

    Email: sdorjii@doat.gov.bt

    Air Traffic Services

    Karma Yonten

    Sr. ATCO/AIS Officer

    Email: kyonten@doat.gov.bt

    Air Traffic Control

    Phuntsho Yeozer

    ATC Officer

    Email: pyeozer@doat.gov.bt

    Sonam Zangpo

    Asst. ATC Officer

    Email: szangpo@doat.gov.bt

    Pema Zangpo

    Asst ATC Officer


    Aeronautical Information Services

    Kinley Yangden

    AIS Officer

    Email: kyangden@doat.gov.bt