Chișinău International Airport

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Chișinău International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional Chișinău
KIV Airport logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator CIA
Location Chișinău, Moldova
Hub 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
KIV is located in Moldova
Location in Moldova
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,590 11,779 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 1,757,411
Aircraft movements 17,555
Sources: Moldavian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Aircraft movements data for 2013

Chișinău International Airport (IATA: KIVICAO: 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, and Moldavian Airlines.[3][4]


Early years[edit]

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.[5] 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[edit]

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.[6]

Chișinău International Airport is a member of Airports Council International.

Future plans[edit]

There are plans to enlarge the airport.[7] 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.[8]

Infrastructure and facilities[edit]

Chișinău airport at night

There are ten check-in desks and five gates at the airport.[9] 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.

There is a currency exchange area located in the front lobby, although the exchange rates are slightly higher than in the city. A coffee shop is located upstairs on the left side, as you enter the front lobby.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger scheduled flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo[10]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Moldova Athens, Barcelona, Beauvais, Bologna, Bucharest-Henri Coandă, Dublin, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kiev-Boryspil, Larnaca, Lisbon, London-Stansted, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Rome-Fiumicino, Sochi, St.Petersburg, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona, Vienna (resumes 30 March 2015)[11]
Seasonal: Nizhnevartovsk, Surgut
Austrian Airlines Vienna (begins 1 April 2015)
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna (ends 31 March 2015)
Eurolot Warsaw-Chopin
flydubai Dubai-International
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Summer seasonal: Bologna
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
TAROM Bucharest-Henri Coandă
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
UTair Aviation Moscow-Vnukovo (begins 1 February 2015)[12]
Seasonal: Surgut
Wizz Air Bergamo, Rome-Ciampino, Treviso

Passenger charter flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Moldova Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Heraklion, Sharm el Sheikh
Atlasjet Seasonal: Antalya
Ellinair Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 3 June 2015)
Tandem Aero Charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Turkish Airlines Seasonal: Antalya


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation Bucharest – Henri Coanda
Czech Airlines
operated by Farnair Switzerland

Airport statistics[edit]

Traffic figures[edit]

Year Passengers (total) Change Aircraft Movements (total) Change Cargo (tonnes)
2000 254,178 N/A 5,519 N/A 2,400
2001 274,662 Increase 8% 9,866 Increase 78.7% 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% 12,000 Increase 3.2% 2,400
2009 809,072 Decrease 4.5% N/A N/A 2,000
2010 937,030 Increase 15.8% 13,751 N/A 2,400
2011 1,045,975 Increase 11.6% 15,022 Increase 9.2% 2,700
2012 1,220,496 Increase 16.6% 16,119 Increase 7.3% 2,800
2013 1,321,362 Increase 8.3% 17 555 Increase 8.9% 2,177
2014 1,757,411 Increase 33% Increase
Month Passengers[13] Change (2013-2014) Passengers Cumulatively
January 107.817 Increase 29.9% 107.817
February 82.286 Increase 29.9% 190.103
March 99.315 Increase 35.8% 289.418
April 118.672 Increase 41.8% 408.090
May 151.503 Increase 21.5% 559.593
June 174.638 Increase 32.6% 734.231
July 194.196 Increase 33.3% 928.427
August 213.304 Increase 35.2% 1.141.731

Busiest routes:

  • Chișinău–Moscow Air Moldova, S7 Airlines with 320,990 (26.3%) passengers transported in 2012
  • Chișinău–Istanbul Air Moldova, Moldavian Airlines, Turkish Airlines with 152,562 (12.5%) of passengers transported in 2012
  • Chișinău–Antalya Air Moldova, Moldavian Airlines with 109,844 (9%) passengers transported in 2012
  • Chișinău–Verona Air Moldova, Meridiana Fly with 81,733 (6.7%) passengers transported in 2012
  • Chișinău–Munich Lufthansa with 69,568 (5.7%) passengers transported in 2012
  • Chișinău–Bucharest TAROM, Air Moldova with 67,127 (5.5%) passengers transported in 2012

Busiest airlines in 2013:

  • Air Moldova – 40%
  • S7 Airlines – 15%
  • Turkish Airline – 9%
  • Meridiana – 8%
  • Lufthansa – 6%
  • Carpatair – 6%
  • Austrian Airlines – 5%

Other facilities[edit]

Ground transportation[edit]

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. A fare of (3 lei) must be paid to the bus conductor. It should be noted that all city buses may only stop at designated bus stops. This is different from rutieră vans, which may stop at any time, given the driver is notified a few seconds prior.

From the airport, it typically takes taxis 10–15 minutes to reach the iconic city wall of Chișinău. From there, it takes another 15–20 minutes to reach the city center, where most of the hotels are located. Taxi drivers charge approximately 70–80 lei for a ride to the city center, although it is highly advisable to agree on a price beforehand. Arriving passengers can find authorized taxis (Taxi 1407, yellow cars) waiting outside the front lobby. It is common to have taxi drivers approach you as you exit through the front doors.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b EAD Basic
  2. ^ In 2013 Chisinau International Airport carried a record number of passengers at
  3. ^ "Contact us." (Direct map link) Air Moldova. Retrieved on 31 December 2010. " Legal Address: Dacia bd. 80 ⁄ 2, Airport, MD 2026, Chisinau, Moldova." Address in Romanian: "bd. Dacia 80/2, Aeroport, MD 2026, Chișinău, Moldova." Map in Romanian. Address in Russian: "ул. Дачия 80/2, MD-2026, Кишинев, Молдова." Map in Russian.
  4. ^ "Contact Information." Moldavian Airlines. Retrieved on 4 February 2012. "Secretary Office Address: Moldavian Airlines Aeroportul Chisinau MD-2026 Chisinau Republic of Moldova"
  5. ^ Airline companies in Rumania (1918–1945)
  6. ^ Chișinău International Airport at
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ EIB supports reconstruction and extension of Chisinau airport in Moldova
  9. ^ About Chisinau International Airport at
  10. ^ Пахольницкий, Николай (16 July 2014). "«Аэрофлот» окрыляет Молдову". Коммерсантъ-MD. Infinit-Media. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  11. ^ L, J (10 November 2014). "Air Moldova Resumes Vienna Service in S15". Airline Route. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  12. ^ L, J (21 November 2014). "UTair Plans Moscow – Chisinau / Tbilisi Service from Feb 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  13. ^ database
  14. ^ "Contacts." Civil Aviation Administration of Moldova. Retrieved on 4 November 2011. "Postal address: Republica Moldova, Chisinau, Aeroport, MD-2026"

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