Chisinau International Airport
Chisinau International Airport is the only commercially operating airport in Moldova. It is located eight miles from downtown and processes over a million passengers every year through its recently renovated terminal and annex. Four gates and six check-in desks are available, although the visitors’ viewing terrace is now closed for security reasons. Travelers from the US will need to fly through a European hub such as Frankfurt, Munich, London, or Paris as there are no direct flights from America.
Air Moldova is the main flagship carrier, operating flights to and from Frankfurt, Istanbul, London-Gatwick, Milan, Rome, Paris, Moscow, Dublin, and several other European cities. Other routes include Austrian Airlines to Vienna, AirBaltic to Riga, Lufthansa to Munich, Turkish Airlines to Istanbul, and Meridiana Fly to Milan, Verona, and Bologna. S7 flies to Moscow, while Tandem Aero offers a seasonal connection to Tel Aviv and Carpatair flies to Rome Venice, and Bergamo.
Facilities for passengers include short-term parking, a bank, ATMs, currency exchange, a café, a restaurant and bar, gift shops, a tourist desk, and a duty-free outlet. Car rental can be found on site and VIP travelers are provided with a private terminal. Ground transportation from the airport is by taxi, minibus 165, hotel shuttle, regular bus, or self-drive. The journey from the airport to central Chisinau takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.