Chișinău International Airport

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Chișinău International Airport
Aeroportul Internațional Chișinău
KIV Airport logo.jpg
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
KIV is located in Moldova
Location in Moldova
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,590 11,779 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 2,206,266
Aircraft movements 17,555
Sources: Moldavian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Aircraft movements (data for 2013)[3]

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, the IATA airport code KIV is derived from Kishinev (the Russian name of the city).


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.[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[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.[5]

Chișinău International Airport is a member of Airports Council International.

Future plans[edit]

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 were ten check-in desks and five gates at the airport in 2009.[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.

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 early-2017

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Moldova Athens, Barcelona, Beauvais, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai–International,[9] Dublin, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva,[10] Istanbul–Atatürk, Krasnodar, Kiev–Boryspil, Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Madrid, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Turin, Venice–Marco Polo, Verona, Vienna, Yekaterinburg (begins 28 April 2018)[11][12]
Winter Seasonal Charter: Sharm El Sheikh
Summer Seasonal Charter: Antalya, Corfu, Tivat
AtlasGlobal Summer Seasonal charter: Antalya
Austrian Airlines Vienna
FlyOne Barcelona, Dublin, Lisbon, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Vnukovo, Parma, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Valencia, Venice, Verona
Seasonal: Birmingham, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt (begins 25 March 2018)[13]
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
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
Volotea Summer Seasonal: Verona
Wizz Air Athens (begins 25 March 2018),[14] Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bologna, London–Luton, Rome–Ciampino, Treviso


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation Bucharest
Czech Airlines
operated by ASL Airlines Switzerland


Chișinău airport at night


Year Passengers (total)[2] Change Aircraft movements (total)[citation needed] Change Cargo (tonnes)[citation needed]
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
2016 2,206,266 Decrease 0.6% N/A N/A


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

Other facilities[edit]

Ground transportation[edit]

There are bus and trolleybus 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. A trolleybus bus with the route 30 operates with a 20 minute interval from June 2017, this is different from rutieră vans, which may stop at any time, given the driver is notified a few seconds prior.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Chișinău International Airport at Wikimedia Commons