Chişinău International Airport (IATA: KIV, ICAO: LUKK) is the main international airport in Chişinău, Moldova, located 13 km (8.1 mi) southeast of the centre of Chişinău, the capital city.
Infrastructure and facilities
There are ten check-in desks and four gates at the airport. VIP and CIP guests are offered special services at the VIP terminal.
A visitors terrace in the second floor opened in December 2006 but was closed due to security measures. The airport also has a commemorative plaque describing the first flight to Moldova on 24 June 1926 on the routes Bucharest-Galati-Iasi and Chisinau.
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.
Air Moldova has its head office on the airport property.
There are plans to enlarge the airport.
The project involves EUR 19 million loan to Chişinău 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 Chisinau International Airport. The European Investment Bank ('EIB') is considering co-financing alongside EBRD for up to an equal amount.
To and from the airport
There is a bus and a mini-bus (rutiera) to the airport (aerogara). The rutiera line 165 passes through the Botanica district and continues to the city center. The 'AEROGARA' bus departs from Piata D. Cantemir and has intermediate stops in the city center on the Stefan Cel Mare street and also stops at the central railway station 'GARA' bus station. It has a white livery bus operating with a 30 minute interval. The fares are paid to the bus conductor.
Taxis drive in 15–25 minutes to the airport. They charge between 70 and 80 lei i.e. 6-7 euros. It is advisable to agree on a price beforehand.
Arriving passengers can find authorized taxis (Taxi 1407, yellow cars) at the departure exit.
The airport is located at the mainway to the south.
Are involved in air transportation of passengers, the following companies:
- Air Moldova
- Austrian Airlines
- Moldavian Airlines
- S7 Airlines
- Tandem Aero
- Turkish Airlines