Chișinău International Airport

Chișinău International Airport

Aeroportul Internațional Chișinău
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Chisinau Airport KIV.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorChișinău International Airport Company
ServesChișinău
LocationChișinău, Moldova
Opened1960
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
Websiteairport.md
Map
KIV is located in Moldova
KIV
KIV
Location in Moldova
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,590 11,778 Concrete
09/27 2,383 7,818 Concrete
Statistics (2019)
Passengers2,995,530
Aircraft movements27,092
Sources: Moldavian AIP at Eurocontrol,[1] statistics[2]

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. The IATA airport code KIV is derived from Kishinev (the Russian and former English name of the city).

History

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 CFRNA, later LARES.[3] 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

Interior of the airport after reconstruction

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 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 the 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]

Chișinău International Airport is a member of Airports Council International.

The airport closed temporarily on the 24th of February 2022, as Moldovan airspace was closed in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[5] As of 05 May 2022, the airport has reopened.

Future plans

There are plans to enlarge the airport.[6] The project involves a 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.[7]

Facilities

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 on 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.[9]

Airlines and destinations

On 22 March 2022, the Civil Aviation Authority of Moldova partially reopened the country's airspace after being closed since 24 February 2022 after growing concerns amid the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Regular operations have since resumed at Chișinău Airport.[10] The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Chișinău International Airport.

AirlinesDestinations
Air Moldova Baku (begins 28 March 2023),[11] Beauvais, Bologna, Dublin, Düsseldorf,[12] Frankfurt, Istanbul, Leipzig/Halle, London–Stansted, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Prague,[13] Rome–Fiumicino, Tbilisi,[14] Tel Aviv, Verona, Warsaw–Modlin,[15] Yerevan (begins 10 December 2022)[16]
Seasonal: Barcelona (begins 26 April 2023),[17] Batumi (begins 28 March 2023),[18] Bucharest, Larnaca (begins 26 April 2023),[19] Lisbon, Nice, Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh
Austrian Airlines Vienna
FlyOne Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Istanbul, London–Luton, Nice,[20] Parma, Tel Aviv,[21] Verona, Yerevan[22]
Seasonal: Barcelona, Berlin (begins 18 May 2023),[23] Hahn, Kyiv–Boryspil (suspended), Lisbon, Milan–Malpensa (begins 27 March 2023),[24] Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Rome–Fiumicino (begins 16 May 2023),[25] Tbilisi (begins 1 June 2023),[26] Valencia (begins 3 June 2023)[27]
Seasonal charter: Bodrum,[28] Heraklion,[28] İzmir,[28] Sharm El Sheikh[28]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
HiSky Beauvais, Bergamo, Dublin, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Venice (begins 17 December 2022)[29]
Seasonal charter: Hurghada[citation needed]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
TAROM Bucharest
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Ukraine International Airlines Kyiv–Boryspil (suspended)
Wizz Air Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Dortmund, Hamburg, London–Luton, Memmingen, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Treviso, Verona, Vienna
Seasonal: Beauvais[30][31], Budapest,[32] Larnaca,[33] Turin[33]

Statistics

Satellit Chisinau 2002
Aerial view of the airport
Central commercial area
The Presidential Band of the Republic of Moldova at the airport during Joe Biden's visit to Moldova.

Traffic

Year Passengers (total)[2][34][35] Change Aircraft movements (total)[2][36] Change Cargo (tonnes)[2] Change
2000 254,178 N/A 9,521 N/A 2,400
2001 274,662 Increase 8.0% 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 23.1% 12,935 Increase 11.3% 2,468.8
2009 808,096 Decrease 4.7% 12,355 Decrease 4.5% 2,033.2 Decrease 17.6%
2010 937,030 Increase 15.9% 13,751 Increase 11.3% 2,399.2 Increase 18.0%
2011 1,046,086 Increase 11.6% 15,022 Increase 9.2% 2,666.2 Increase 11.1%
2012 1,220,506 Increase 16.7% 16,113 Increase 7.3% 2,765.4 Increase 3.7%
2013 1,321,236 Increase 8.2% 16,858 Increase 4.6% 2,951.8 Increase 6.7%
2014 1,781,166 Increase 34.8% 19,756 Increase 17.2% 2,923.5 Decrease 0.9%
2015 2,226,441 Increase 25.0% 22,468 Increase 13.7% 2,891.8 Decrease 1.1%
2016 2,206,266 Decrease 0.9% 22,033 Decrease 1.9% 2,774.3 Decrease 4.1%
2017 2,744,465 Increase 24.4% 27,113 Increase 23.1% 3,488.7 Increase 25.7%
2018 2,828,626 Increase 3.1% 27,949 Increase 3.1% 4,186.6 Increase 20.0%
2019 2,995,530 Increase 5.9% 27,092 Decrease 3.0% 3,767.7 Decrease 10.0%

Routes

Busiest international routes at Chișinău Airport by weekly flights
Rank City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(29 October 2022)[37]
Airlines
1. Turkey Istanbul Istanbul Airport 26 Air Moldova
Turkish Airlines
2. Romania Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport 17 TAROM
Air Moldova
3. Republic of Ireland Dublin Dublin Airport 11 Air Moldova
HiSky
FlyOne
4. United Kingdom London London Luton Airport
London Stansted Airport
11 Air Moldova
FlyOne
Wizz Air
5. Italy Verona Verona Airport 10 Wizz Air
FlyOne
Air Moldova
6. Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport 10 Austrian Airlines
Wizz Air
7. France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Beauvais
9 Air Moldova
Wizz Air
HiSky
FlyOne
8. Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport 9 Air Moldova
HiSky
Wizz Air
9. Poland Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport
Warsaw Modlin Airport
8 Air Moldova
LOT Polish Airlines
10. Italy Rome Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport 8 Air Moldova
ITA Airways

Other facilities

Ground transportation

Trolleybus number 30 in front of the terminal

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 with the route 30 operates with a 20-minute interval from June 2017. A single-ride ticket costs 6 MDL, which is 0.31 EUR or 0.31 USD as of September 2022.[39][40] This is different from rutierele, which may stop at any time, given the driver is notified a few seconds prior. The nearest railway station is Revaca.

See also

References

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External links

Media related to Chișinău International Airport at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website
  • State Administration of Civil Aviation Administration of Moldova
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