Thursday, September 21, 2017

Air Bagan to return to the skies

Air Bagan is set to resume flights on October 1, coinciding with the beginning of high season in the travel and tourism sector, according to Daw Yin Myo, public relations and customer service manager at the airline.

“We are ready to begin operating again after a two-month suspension, which was an annual maintenance check on our aircraft,” she said yesterday.

Air Bagan had suspended flights from August 16, and targeted an October return to the skies. In the meantime, it had been code-sharing with Asian Wings Airways while it was not operating.

Air Bagan was started in 2004, and claims to be a 100 percent Myanmar-owned airline. The airline was founded by tycoon U Tay Za, though it is now chaired by U Htoo Thet Htwe.

It had suspended flights following a July 24 accident that saw one of its ATR-72 aircraft skid off the runway at Yangon International Airport, with one person slightly injured, according to reports at the time.

The airline will be operating in 19 domestic destinations as well as the Yangon-Chiang Mai route three times a week, said Daw Yin Myo.