Airport History

Airport Today

The Chisinau Airport is located at the junction between the commercial roads of Asia and Europe and is the main air gateway of the Republic of Moldova.

Being situated 13 km away from the centre of the capital, the Chisinau Airport (IATA: RMO; ICAO: LUKK) is the main and biggest airport of the Republic of Moldova.

The runway is 3590 metres in length and 45 metres in width with the assigned 4D- code , being operable 24 hours a day. The airport runway built during the soviet period is one of the longest in the Eastern Europe. A segment of the runway with a length of 1 km was rebuilt and currently is already operable. Following the reconstruction works carried out on the first segment of the runway, there was increased the bearing capacity of its shells up to a value greater than 70 units instead of 51 PCN index, the previously existing one. Moreover it has already been extended in width from 45 m to 60 m.

Similarly, the works of change and modernize the lighting system of the runway segment of 1 km have been completed. Later, after the reconstruction of the entire runway, CIA will receive unrestricted all types of aircrafts including Boeing high capacity 777, 767, 787; Airbus A330, A340, A310. As a result of works performed, it will increase the operational capacity of the airport, so that on AIC will be ensured an air traffic of 21 airplanes / hour, which will significantly increase the interest of several new airlines to operate from KIV.

Currently, 19 airlines are operating charter flights and scheduled flights to / from Chisinau International Airport to 40 destinations worldwide.

Chisinau International Airport is a member of the Airports Council International (Europe Region), "Airport" Association of CIS Civil Aviation and ALFA ACI (L'association des Aeroports de Langue Francaise Associes a l'Aeroports Council International).

Due to its advantageous location and excellent transport networks the Airport is an ideal starting point for both tourist and business trips. Main priorities of the Chisinau International Airport team is to ensure the safety of flights at a high level and to provide high quality of services.

2015 — 2017

On 17th May, 2015 – The opening of the multistage automated parking with a capacity of 800 seats on Chisinau International Airport. The building of the multistage car parking is part of the first stage of the investments within the Contract of assets concession and the related land, under the management of "Avia Invest" LLC.

On 17th July, 2015 - „StrabagGrup” – the world-known Austrian company, in collaboration with Swiss designer „Intairplan GmbH”, which is a member of WAM AG holding, and other local companies started to rebuild over 500000 m² of Chisinau International Airport working surfaces (the runway, platform, taxiways).

On 19th January, 2016 - Chisinau Airport car parking project has been recognized as the best building of 2015, according to the results of the annual contest of the Union of Architects of Moldova.

On 8th July Passanger registration area from Chisinau International Airport is extended and completely renovated.

On 3th October 2016 Fully modernized power supply system at Chisinau International Airport.

On 15th November 2016 The first fragment of reconstructed runway strip was opened at Chisinau International Airport.

On 26th December 2016 The largest video wall in the airports of Europe, CIS countries installed at Chisinau Airport.

On 20th March 2017 A premiere for the Republic of Moldova – Avia Invest builds a second runway at the Chisinau International Airport.


On 1th June The ‘Family Lane’ counter was inaugurated for the first time at the Chisinau Airport for the fast passage of families!‘Avia Invest’ has prepared a lot of surprises to mark the first summer day and the International Children's Day, congratulating small passengers and their parents.

On 24th of July 2017, the first segment of the new runway with a length of 1250 m and a width of 45 m was inaugurated at Chisinau Airport. The LED lighting system, which is produced and installed by the world famous company HELLA, has been completely rebuilt. The works have been carried out according to projects implemented in the largest European airports, meeting the highest standards.

2011 — 2014

On January 19, 2011 the Chisinau International Airport was Airport Carbon Accredited.

On September 25, 2011 the first exhibition dedicated to the General Aviation was organized by the Chisinau International Airport.

Starting with November 25, 2011 Chisinau International Airport’s visitors can admire the aircrafts’ landings and takeoffs, handling operations and the full spectrum of aviation activities in real time, from the new viewing platform 'At the top'.

On December 15, 2011 Chisinau International Airport marked solemnly the event of serving its first one-millionth passenger.

On 1st November 2013, by Government decision of the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau International Airport has been concessioned by LLC AVIA INVEST company, whose founders are: holding KolomenskiZavod and Habarovsk Airport from Russian Federation.

On 20th November 2013, flydubai launched the operations to Chisinau offering the first direct air link between Dubai and the Republic of Moldova.

On 1st June, 2014 – Ukraine International Airlines, launched flights en route Kiev – Chisinau – Kiev, with a frequency of 5 times per week, being connected the capitals of Ukraine and Moldova

On 17th June, 2014 at the Chisinau International Airport took place the ceremony dedicated to start of construction of a multilevel parking at the airport. The ceremony was attended by the General Director of “AVIA INVEST” Ltd. – Mr. PetruJardan, the General Director of the National Institute of Building and Design “Urbanproiect” - Mr. Yuri Povar, as well as by the General Director of «ExfactorGrup» Ltd. – Mr. Vladimir Tonu.

On 3rd November, 2014 - AVIA INVEST has started the works on the extension and reconstruction of Chisinau International Airport terminal. The project implies the extension of the terminal with 3860 m2, the reconstruction, redesign and reequipment of 11 000 m2 existing space. Thus, the reconstruction works will include a total area of 15,000 m2.

2008 — 2010

On April 15, 2008 the Chisinau International Airport signed a Cooperation Memorandum with the State Company “ Airports of Montenegro (“AerodromiCrne Gore”).

On October 24, 2008 – the Chisinau International Airport Modernization Project II started.

On December 22, 2008 the Chisinau International Airport obtained the ISO 9001:2000 Certificate.

On March 12, 2009 Chisinau Airport started its collaboration with the Giurgiulesti International Free Port.

On May 22, 2009 The German company “Hochtief AirPort GmbH” was announced as winner of the tender for design works within the Chisinau Airport Modernization Project II.

On November 5, 2009 the Chisinau International Airport announced the start-up of the Project –on the Construction of a Multi-Level Car Park in the vicinity of the Terminal.

1995 — 2007

On May 31, 1995 the Chisinau Airport was awarded the status of International Airport.

In the year 2000 the Airport’s modernization was completed. The reconstruction was carried out from funds provided by the Government of Moldova ($ 3 million) and a loan granted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ($9 million). The upgrade was performed by Turkish contractors.

In 2001 the first EMBRAER-120 aircraft landed on the Chisinau International Airport.

In 2007 by means of regular and charter flights operated by 15 airlines more than 688.8 thousand passengers were transported to 27 cities from 18 countries of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In 2007 - rebranding of Chisinau International Airport.

1922 — 1990

On September 19, 1944 it was started the Moldovan Independent Aviation Squadron, also considered to be the official day of the Civil Aviation foundation in Moldova. The destinations of the first flights operated from the Chisinau Airport were the following: Moscow, Sankt-Petersburg, Kiev, Minsk, Caucasus and Crimea.

In the 1970s a new terminal was built which increased the Airport’s processing capacity. 4. In 1987 the passenger flow reached 1 million per year. The Moldovan capital became a connection point between more than 80 cities of the Soviet Union and more than 20 cities and regions of the republic.

1987 – the handling capacity reached almost 1 million passengers. Chisinau became a connection point between more than 80 cities of the Soviet Union, also linking more than 20 cities and regions of republic.

On September 13, 1990 the first official international route Chisinau-Frankfurt was launched.