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Chi?in?u International Airport

Aeroportul Interna?ional Chi?in?u
Chisinau Airport KIV.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorChi?in?u International Airport Company
LocationChi?in?u, Moldova
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL399 ft / 122 m
Coordinates46°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 11,778 Concrete
09/27 2,383 7,818 Concrete
Statistics (2019)
Aircraft movements27,092
Sources: Moldavian AIP at Eurocontrol,[1] statistics[2]

Chi?in?u International Airport (IATA: KIV, ICAO: LUKK) is Moldova's main international airport, located 13 km (8.1 mi) southeast of the centre of Chi?in?u, 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 and former English name of the city).


Early years

The first scheduled flights to Chi?in?u started on 24 June 1926, on the route Bucharest-Gala?i-Chi?in?u and Ia?i. The flights were operated by CFRNA, later LARES.[3] A commemorative plaque, describing the first flight to Chi?in?u, 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, Chi?in?u Airport was awarded the status of an international airport.

In 2002, following works by the Turkish company Akfen Holding, the airport was modernised. 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.[4]

Chi?in?u International Airport is a member of Airports Council International.

Future plans

There are plans to enlarge the airport.[5] The project involves EUR19 million loan to Chi?in?u 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 Chi?in?u International Airport. The European Investment Bank ('EIB') is considering co-financing alongside the EBRD for up to an equal amount.[6]


There were ten check-in desks and five gates at the airport in 2009.[7] 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 reorganised 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.[8]

Airlines and destinations


Airport at night
Aerial view of the airport



Other facilities

Ground transportation

There are bus and trolleybus lines and rutierele frequently departing from the airport (aerogara). Rutier? line 165 passes through the Botanica district and continues to the city center. The 'AEROGARA' bus departs from Pia?a 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.

See also


  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Statistic? ?i indicatori at
  3. ^ Airline companies in Rumania (1918-1945)[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Chi?in?u International Airport at
  5. ^ "Error 404". Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "All Press Releases". 16 March 2015. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ About Chisinau International Airport Archived 2009-07-07 at the Wayback Machine at
  8. ^ "LIVE! Evenimentul de deschidere oficial? a noii piste de aterizare/decolare a Aeroportului Chi?in?u". Realitatea Live!. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim (13 December 2019). "Air Moldova schedules Berlin launch in late-March 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Flight Schedules and Airline Availability".
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (13 February 2020). "Air Serbia network expansion from June 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Moldova's FlyOne to enter Asia with Tel Aviv flights". 6 January 2020.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim (7 July 2020). "Onur Air schedules Antalya - Chisinau service from July 2020". Routesonline.
  14. ^ "Timetable".
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  17. ^ Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air 4Q20 new routes launch revision as of 25SEP20". Routesonline. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ European Airport Traffic Trends at
  19. ^ " EATS-European Airport Traffic Statistics". The Anker Report.
  20. ^ In 2013 Chisinau International Airport carried a record number of passengers Archived 2016-06-25 at the Wayback Machine at
  21. ^ "AIRPORT".
  22. ^ "Contacts Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine." Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved on 4 November 2011. "Postal address: Republica Moldova, Chisinau, Aeroport, MD-2026"

External links

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