Ukraine mulls incentives to woo budget airlines
Kiev was working on financial incentives to attract more low-cost airlines to the Ukrainian market, Deputy Infrastructure Minister Konstantin Efimenko said Monday, according to Xinhua.
"We are willing to introduce incentive programs for newcomers, which will provide significant discounts of up to 80 percent on passenger fees, as well as on take-off and landing charges in Ukrainian airports," Efimenko told an international aviation forum in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk.
Civil aviation was booming in Ukraine and more airlines meant more intense competition in the market, which would benefit passengers, Efimenko told the Routes CIS 2013 forum.
Along with standard carriers, nine low-cost airlines are now operating in Ukraine, and budget flights currently account for about 22 percent of the local market.