Updated at 23:25,12-02-2019

Russian lowcoster Pobeda opts out of entering Belarusian market


Russias lowcost air carrier elected not to conduct flights to ten international destinations, including Minsk and Homiel, the Federal Air Transport Agency says.

To work in Belarus, the company should be accredited by the countrys Aviation Department; one of the conditions being the adjustment of tariffs with the Belarusian national aviation company Belavia. Pobeda has repeatedly expressed readiness to serve flights from Minsk to Moscow on a regular basis, but Belavia is standing firm against it.

Pobedas withdrawal stems from the the fact that the lowcoster failed to get the right to regular flights from the Belarusian aviation authorities.

Pobeda was expected to make 14 flights Moscow Minsk and Moscow Gomel a week.

As reported earlier, in late January Belavia barred Russias Pobeda from entering the Belarusian market. In turn, Pobeda CEO Andrey Kalmykov asked Russias Transport Minister for assistance in resolving tariff disputes with Belavia.

According to the Russian side, Belavia was against Pobedas coming to Belarus because flights to Moscow are very profitable, and a discounter with even a small number of flights would affect prices.