Chișinău International Airport

Chișinău International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional Chișinău
Airport type Public
Operator Chișinău International Airport Company
Location Chișinău, Moldova
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 399 ft / 122 m
Coordinates 46°55′40″N 028°55′51″E / 46.92778°N 28.93083°E / 46.92778; 28.93083Coordinates: 46°55′40″N 028°55′51″E / 46.92778°N 28.93083°E / 46.92778; 28.93083

Location in Moldova

Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,590 11,779 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2,219,162
Aircraft movements 17,555
Sources: Moldavian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Aircraft movements (data for 2013)[3]

Chișinău International Airport (IATA: KIV, ICAO: LUKK) is Moldova's main international airport, located 13 km (8.1 mi) southeast of the centre of Chișinău, the capital city.[1] It serves as headquarters for Air Moldova, the country's national airline.


Early years

The first scheduled flights to Chișinău started on 24 June 1926, on the route BucharestGalați – Chișinău and Iași. The flights were operated by Compagnie Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aérienne – CFRNA, later LARES.[4] A commemorative plaque, describing the first flight to Chișinău, was placed in the airport.

The main terminal was built in the 1970s, with a capacity of 1,200,000 passengers per year.

Development since the 1990s

On 31 May 1995 Chișinău Airport was awarded the status of an international airport.

In 2002, following works by the Turkish company Akfen Holding, the airport was modernized. An annex terminal building with an area of 4,270 m2 (46,000 sq ft) was added to the renovated old terminal building of 7,600 m2 (82,000 sq ft). The project covered construction of 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) curtain walls, 3,200 m2 (34,000 sq ft) composite panels, 12,185 m2 (131,160 sq ft) asphalt road, a treatment plant with a capacity of 3,450 m3 (122,000 cu ft) a day, complete mechanical heating, ventilation and electrical systems, along with the X-ray security, luggage handling, master clock, and flight information systems. The annual capacity of the airport had increased to 5.4 million passengers.[5]

Chișinău International Airport is a member of Airports Council International.

Future plans

There are plans to enlarge the airport.[6] The project involves EUR 19 million loan to Chișinău International Airport for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the existing runway, taxiways, aprons, and ramps, engineering works, safety equipment and other connected core assets of Chișinău International Airport. The European Investment Bank ('EIB') is considering co-financing alongside EBRD for up to an equal amount.[7]


There are ten check-in desks and five gates at the airport.[8] VIP and CIP guests are offered special services at the VIP terminal. A visitors' terrace in the second floor opened in December 2006.

Previously passengers had to present their passport, ticket and their registration (of foreigners – which used to be required). Passengers were allowed in the check in hall. With the introduction of e-tickets and the abolition of the registration for foreigners the airport reorganized in late 2006. This resulted in a bigger check-in hall and customs control is now after check-in.

Airlines and destinations


Aegean AirlinesSeasonal charter: Heraklion
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
operated by Rossiya Airlines
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Moldova Athens, Barcelona, Beauvais, Berlin-Tegel (begins 11 April 2017),[9] Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest (resumes 19 December 2016),[10] Dublin, Frankfurt, Istanbul–Atatürk, Krasnodar (begins 28 April 2017),[9] Kiev–Boryspil, Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Turin, Venice–Marco Polo, Verona, Vienna
Seasonal: Florence, Surgut, Madrid
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Corfu, Heraklion, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tivat
AtlasGlobal Istanbul–Atatürk[11]
Seasonal charter: Antalya
Austrian Airlines Vienna
FlyOne Barcelona, Birmingham (begins 6 June 2017),[12] Dublin, Lisbon, Milan-Malpensa (begins 2 May 2017),[12] Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Sheremetyevo (begins 5 June 2017),[12] Parma, Rome-Fiumicino (begins 26 March 2017),[12] Saint Petersburg, Valencia (begins 6 June 2017),[12] Venice, Verona, Voronezh
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Heraklion, Rhodes
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
S7 Airlines
operated by Globus Airlines
Tandem Aero
operated by Air Moldova
Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
TAROM Bucharest
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Seasonal charter: Antalya
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo
Volotea Seasonal: Verona
Wizz Air Barcelona (begins 28 March 2017),[13] Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld (begins 26 March 2017),[14] Bologna, London–Luton, Rome–Ciampino, Treviso


DHL Aviation Bucharest
Czech Airlines
operated by ASL Airlines Switzerland


Chișinău airport at night


Year Passengers (total)[2] Change Aircraft movements (total) Change Cargo (tonnes)
2000 254,178 N/A 9,521 N/A 2,400
2001 274,662 Increase 8% 9,866 Increase 3.6% 1,700
2002 296,431 Increase 7.9% 10,416 Increase 5.5% 1,300
2003 341,695 Increase 15.2% 9,502 Decrease 8.7% 1,300
2004 421,011 Increase 23.2% 10,759 Increase 13.2% 1,400
2005 482,741 Increase 14.6% 11,126 Increase 3.4% 1,700
2006 548,331 Increase 13.5% 10,065 Decrease 9.5% 1,800
2007 688,782 Increase 25.6% 11,623 Increase 15.4% 2,300
2008 847,881 Increase 23% 12,371 Increase 3.2% 2,400
2009 809,072 Decrease 4.5% 11,862 Decrease 4.1% 2,021
2010 937,037 Increase 15.8% 13,241 Increase 11.3% 2,400
2011 1,045,975 Increase 11.6% 14,429 Increase 9.2% 2,700
2012 1,220,114 Increase 16.6% 16,113 Increase 7.3% 2,800
2013 1,320,501 Increase 8.2% 17,555[3] Increase 8.9% 2,177[3]
2014 1,781,169 Increase 34.9% 19,756 Increase 12.5% N/A
2015 2,219,162 Increase 24.6% 22,468 Increase 13.7% N/A


Busiest international routes at Chisinau Airport by weekly flights
Rank City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(April 2016)[15]
1. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Domodedovo Airport 43 Air Moldova, Aeroflot, S7 Airlines
2. Bucharest Henri Coandă Airport 20 TAROM
3. Istanbul Atatürk Airport 14 Air Moldova, Turkish Airlines
4. Vienna Vienna Airport 12 Air Moldova, Austrian Airlines
5. Kiev
Boryspil Airport
Munich Airport
Warsaw Chopin Airport
7 Ukraine International Airlines
Lufthansa Regional
LOT Polish Airlines

Other facilities

Ground transportation

There are bus lines and rutieră vans frequently departing from the airport (aerogara). Rutieră line 165 passes through the Botanica district and continues to the city center. The 'AEROGARA' bus departs from Piața D. Cantemir and has intermediate stops in the city center on Stefan Cel Mare street. It also stops at the central railway station 'GARA' bus station. There is a white livery bus operating in a 30-minute interval This is different from rutieră vans, which may stop at any time, given the driver is notified a few seconds prior.

See also


External links

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