Tashi Air to resume domestic service in October

Tashi Air, Bhutan’s first private airline will resume domestic services in October this year. When Information and Communications minister, D.N Dhungyel was quizzed during the National Council session on when domestic services would resume and why a private airline was allowed to violate the terms and conditions of licensing, Lyonpo said that the airline and the previous government had not violated the terms in the RFP (request for proposal) and that Tashi Air had applied so that travelers could have a wider choice. Following an evaluation, International Civil Aviation experts had allowed the private airline to fly domestic flights. However, it was reported that Tashi Air is facing huge losses including operating costs. Therefore after it suspended its domestic flight in June 2012, it went international on the condition that it would start operating domestic flights in October. Lyonpo added that Tashi Air was granted permission to fly internationally in order to subsidise the domestic sector.

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