Chișinău International Airport
Chișinău International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional Chișinău
|Operator||Chișinău International Airport Company|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||399 ft / 122 m|
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. It serves as headquarters for Air Moldova, the country's national airline. The IATA airport code KIV is derived from Kishinev (the Russian name of the city).
The first scheduled flights to Chișinău started on 24 June 1926, on the route Bucharest – Galați – Chișinău and Iași. The flights were operated by CFRNA, later LARES. 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.
Chișinău International Airport is a member of Airports Council International.
There are plans to enlarge the airport. The project involves €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 the EBRD for up to an equal amount.
There were ten check-in desks and five gates at the airport in 2009. 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.
Towards the end of 2017, plans for a second runway were unveiled. This runway would take the place of the current taxiway just north of the existing runway. The project began in early 2017. Runway 09-27 started operations on 13 September 2018.
Airlines and destinations
|Year||Passengers (total)||Change||Aircraft movements (total)||Change||Cargo (tonnes)||Change|
|1.||Moscow||Sheremetyevo International Airport
Moscow Domodedovo Airport
Vnukovo International Airport
|2.||Bucharest||Henri Coandă International Airport||25||TAROM|
|3.||Istanbul||Istanbul Airport||18||Air Moldova, Turkish Airlines|
London Southend Airport
London Stansted Airport
|5.||Vienna||Vienna International Airport||12||Air Moldova, Austrian Airlines|
|6.||Frankfurt||Frankfurt Airport||11||Air Moldova|
|7.||Rome||Fiumicino Airport||11||Air Moldova|
|8.||Paris||Charles de Gaulle Airport||10||Air Moldova|
|9.||Milan||Milan Malpensa Airport
Orio al Serio International Airport
|10.||Venice||Venice Marco Polo Airport
There are bus and trolleybus lines and rutierele 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. A trolleybus bus with the route 30 operates with a 20-minute interval from June 2017. This is different from rutierele, which may stop at any time, given the driver is notified a few seconds prior.
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