Paro Airport, Himalayan Mountains
Paro Airport is the only international airport in the country of Bhutan. Bhutan’s Department of Civil Aviation operates Paro Airport.
This airport began in 1968 as a modest airstrip. Paro Airport was the only airport in Bhutan until 2011. Now Paro is the only international airport out of four airports in the country.
Paro International Airport rests in a valley 2,235 metres above the sea. It’s surrounded by mountains higher than 5,000 metres. Paro’s sole runway reaches 1,964 metres long.
Planes landing at Paro International need to fly between a handful of houses around the mountain side. Planes sometimes dive only a few feet away from clipping roofs. The valleys around this airport often produce heavy winds burdening planes with turbulence.
Paro International Airport’s flights only undergo during the day and under the right meteorological conditions. Paro International is considered one of the most challenging airports in the world to land at.
Only eight pilots worldwide are certified to use this airport.