Since 16th August, Air Bagan flights have been temporarily suspended, and the reasons were purely technical, according to Daw Grace Li, Air Bagan's Deputy Director. Normal service will resume in early October.
On the evening of August 17th, U Tayza, owner of Air Bagan also posted on his Facebook page that the grounding was unrelated to the current political situation.
Daw Grace further elaborated that the current fleet was in sore need of maintenance and scheduled flights had to be suspended,but Asian Wings and codeshare flights were still being sold. She stated that due to sanctions and restrictions by the US Government on U TayZa's businesses, it is very difficult to reinforce the current fleet.
Air Bagan serves domestic and regional routes with two planes and one reserve aircraft: Fokker 100(106 capacity flight), ATR 72(70 capacity flight), and ATR 42(44 capacity flight). During July, one craft skipped the runway at Yangon International Airport upon landing, and it has been out of service since. The reserve aircraft is also in need of servicing and maintenance, and thus, the lengthy layover.