At first it went well, but then the pace subsided – CEO of Uzbekistan Airports on creating private low-cost airlines

The CEO of Uzbekistan Airports Ravshan Ismailov commented on the situation with private air companies named SilkJet and Qanot Sharq, which planned to organize private low-cost airlines in Uzbekistan, according to

“These two companies (Qanot Sharq and SilkJet – editorial note) went very well in the beginning, but then, hearing about the “open skies” mode and the fifth freedom of air, they suddenly fell asleep,” he said during a press conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Mr. Ismailov added that now the aviation authorities are ready to cooperate with these air companies so that they truly create new air carriers.

“We are waiting for the initiative on their part. Everything has been done by the Ministry of Transport and Uzbekistan Airports so that they come and already begin their activities,” he emphasized.

Recall that talk of creating a low-cost airline has been going on in Uzbekistan over the past two years. At first, Uzbekistan Airways took an active interest in this.

In addition, information appeared that Kazakh low-cost airline named FlyArystan expressed its interest in entering the Uzbek civil aviation market. However, so far all these plans have not been implemented.

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