Uzbekistan Airways plans to establish its own LCC, with 2018 launch possible, says Deputy Chairman Umid Khusanov.

The new low-cost unit plans to focus its route network on Russia, Turkey and Egypt.

The move follows recent announcements of the government, including granting Uzbekistan Airways the right to sell air tickets for international flights below the prime cost. Qarshi International Airport was also removed from the structure of the airlines and transferred to the management of a specialized company. In addition, an "open sky" policy will be introduced at airports in Andijan, Nukus and Navoi.