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 UIA cut its low-cost tickets by three times after Ryanair exit, - Omelian

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Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), Ukraine's major air carrier, has cut its low-cost program significantly after the Irish low-cost company Ryanair announced cancellation of planned flights from Ukraine.

Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelian told Obozrevatel, Censor.NET reports.

"We can see this very interesting statistics. As soon as Ryanair officially announced it will enter Ukraine's market - before that we didn't even mention the name of the company during the talks - UIA started selling tickets at special offer prices. Before March, only 1 percent of UIA tickets were sold at the so-called low-cost price. By the moment when Ryanair was about to enter the market, these tickets comprised 12 percent," Omelian said.

After Ryanair withdrew from Ukraine, Omelian said, the share of low-cost UIA tickets dropped to 4 percent.

"Is that a coincidence? Don't think so," Omelian said.

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