Nowadays Ukrainian aviation market experiences serious changes with the first low-cost carrier WizzAir Ukraine to have got an operator certificate. Are prominent Ukrainian airlines afraid to lose their clientele? Not a snap! – All ‘big’ carriers practice totally different work philosophy...
Nevertheless, small Ukrainian low-costers operating Airbus A320, such as WizzAir, are planning to improve service safety and quality as well as to keep up the costs on the low level. Thus, Ukrainians receive not only new quality and new prices on flights but also the freedom to choose the type of traveling.
In general, experts admit that WizzAir entrance to the Ukrainian market made domestic ‘mastodons’ of passenger carriage fuss a little bit – so that Ukrainian airlines started to cut the prices on domestic flights and expand the flights geography. In such a way, ‘Aerosvit Ukraine’ reduced the tariffs on the flights to Simferopol, Lvov and Odessa. These Ukrainian airlines worked out three tariff levels: when the cheapest tickets are sold out, a client is offered the following tariff ticket. When no tickets remain on these three levels, a passenger has to buy an ordinary ticket. As a rule, those flying by low-cost airlines prefer price to comfort much more...
Moreover, despite all evident advantages for the Ukrainian passengers, low-costers’ entrance to the Ukrainian market has been clouded by a range of objective problems. First of all, since the low-cost airlines operate aircrafts Boing-737 and Airbus-320, they turned out to face unpreparedness of Ukrainian airports to accept these boards. Without any limits the aircrafts of such a class are accepted in five Ukrainian cities only: Boryspil, Simferopol, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye.
No doubt, this fact limits flight geography and frequency of budget operators. Secondly, low passenger traffic casts some doubt on the successful work of low-cost Ukrainian airlines. Under official readings, annually Ukrainian airports pass by some four million travelers. Unfortunately, the share of low-costers’ passengers is still insignificant, yet, it is expected to become bigger, especially on the eve of the European Football Championship of 2012.