Blog » 2012 – Moldova, Aviation Technical Report (WB).pdf
Civil aviation plays a vital role in the economic development of Moldova by providing fast and efficient access to different destinations. The most important economic contribution of air transport in Moldova is through its impact on the performance of other industries as a facilitator of their growth.
Development of air transport in Moldova creates the following main benefits:
3. Historical Development of Civil Aviation in Moldova
The history of the Moldovan civil aviation begins in 1944 when the first independent aviation squadron was established. In 1960, the first airport in Chisinau was founded. In 1970, the new passenger terminal expanded the capacity of the airport. In 1987, the number of passengers in Chisinau Airport reached a value of almost 1 million.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union the Moldovan civil aviation sector underwent a restructuring phase. The Department of Air Transportation was established under the authority of the Ministry of Transport. In 1993, the department was reorganized into the State Administration of Civil Aviation. The state airline company was divided into a number of separate enterprises, one of which became Air Moldova. The first official international route Chisinau-Frankfurt was established in 1990.