Now, Bengaluru-Bhutan via charter

Thomas Cook & SOTC successfully operated an inaugural charter from Bengaluru to Bhutan recently. Operating at 100 per cent capacity, the inaugural flight underscored the strong demand for unique destinations like Bhutan from Karnataka.

TT Bureau

Thomas Cook (India) and its group company, SOTC Travel, achieved a significant milestone with their inaugural charter taking off from Bengaluru to Paro (Bhutan) at 100 per cent capacity. This exceptional delivery underscores the robust demand from Karnataka, particularly Bengaluru, for premium destinations.

After the announcement of their ground-breaking Bhutan charters ex-Bengaluru, Thomas Cook and SOTC have witnessed a surge in demand for the Himalayan Kingdom. This has resulted in a 100 per cent booking status for all its charters of 27 April, 4 May and 11 May. To leverage this strong and growing appetite, Thomas Cook and SOTC have launched two additional charters in May.

Thomas Cook and SOTC identify South India as a vital market, contributing over 50 per cent to Bhutan’s business, with significant growth potential.

Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Limited, said, “This has given us the confidence to operate two additional charters on 18th and 25th May. We had handpicked Bengaluru airport as the hub/ gateway for this initiative based on three clear opportunities: 1. Karnataka is our top source market 2. The high demand for consumers for unique destinations-experiences 3. The absence of direct connectivity for Bhutan from South India. What is noteworthy is that all our flights are currently at a 100 per cent booking position – reflecting a resounding success of our pioneering Bhutan Charter strategy.”

Carissa Nimah, Chief Marketing Officer, Department of Tourism, Bhutan, said, “This is a wonderful initiative from Thomas Cook India & SOTC, as the flight will help to boost tourism and foster closer ties between India and Bhutan. Through this charter flight, Bhutan becomes more accessible to travellers eager to explore the country’s unique culture and stunning landscapes, driving economic growth and cultural exchange.”

Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Operating Officer, Bangalore International Airport, commented, “We are happy to welcome this charter service that will connect BLR Airport to Bhutan’s Paro International Airport. This move further strengthens BLR Airport’s vision to serve as a crucial hub for South and Central India.”




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