The government did not see the niche of the second low-cost airline

In Russia there are no conditions for the launch of the second low-fare airline, says Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

“The market is who he is. If someone sees that there is a niche, it will come, time has not come yet, so there is no niche. But it is a commercial issue,” he said to journalists on the sidelines of the Asian economic forum (quoted by TASS).

The Deputy head of the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) Anatoly Golomolzin on March 21 announced that the second carrier may appear in Russia in 2016.

“The market situation suggests it. In 2016, maybe. In accordance with the “road map” and he was supposed to appear in 2016″, — said Golomolzin journalists (quoted by TASS).

Dvorkovich on Thursday stressed that the launch of low-cost companies is “a matter of business”, as required for operation of the airports in Russia now enough. In March 2016 the head of the government Dmitry Medvedev ordered to open for international flights the airport Ramenskoye. In published a press-service of the government the report noted that this decision will contribute to the creation of a “fully functional fourth airport of the Moscow aviation hub that meet the requirements of low-cost airlines”.

Currently in Russia there is only one low-fare airline controlled by “Aeroflot” company “Victory”, flying from Moscow to some cities of Russia (from Astrakhan to Yaroslavl), as well as in a number of cities in Europe. At the end of April “Victory” plans to begin flights to Cyprus. The cost of tickets for flights “Victory” starts from 999 rubles, and in some cases may be lower.

Earlier as low-cost airlines has positioned itself of the airline “sky Express” and “Avianova”, but both they failed to become profitable and in 2011 ceased to exist. “Victory”, according to “Vedomosti”, the results of the first year of operation instead of the planned loss of 1.5 billion rubles. got a small profit.