Government of the Republic of Moldova
Ministryof Economy andInfrastructure

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AIR TRANSPORT

The beginning of the civil aviation activity in Moldova dates back to the end of the Second World War. On September 19, 1944, the first PO-2 aircraft (15 in number) were brought to Chisinau and was established the first Moldovan air squadron, which at that time performed local flights and served the agricultural households.

 

At the same time, in Moldova also activated two LI-2 aircraft, taking flights to Moscow, the cities of Ukraine and the Black Sea and Caucasus resorts. At that time, the airport building was a small house with a table and a chair. As a point of landing, there was a small church on the outskirts of Chisinau, and the airfield was the Square of Bulgarian volunteer soldiers.

 

In 1960, was registered a faster development period, when in Chisinau, the new airport has been put into operation which had the capacity to serve the turboprop aircrafts. The aircraft fleet was completed with An-10, An-12, and An-24 ships and were opened races in many cities of the USSR. The first Directorate of Civil Aviation was created to supervise and coordinate activities.

 

In the mid-1980s, processing capacity reached up to 1 million passengers per year, Moldova's capital having air conections with over 80 cities in the Soviet Union and over 20 cities and localities of the republic.

 

The period of the 90s marked the beginning of the reorganization of the aviation branch in the Republic of Moldova. It was created the central specialized public body in the field, which founded a number of state-owned enterprises in the branch.

 

After signing the Declaration of Independence in 1991, the Republic of Moldova began to rise at international level.

 

For this purpose, in order to have an internationally developed aviation industry, the Republic of Moldova adheres to the Chicago Convention in 1992, becoming an ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) member state.

 

In December 1996, the Republic of Moldova, as an ICAO Member State, being located in Europe and aspiring to implement European standards and standards for aviation safety, security and regularity, it joins the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), becoming the first Member State of ECAC in CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).

 

In 2000, with the objective of raising the level of safety and efficiency in the use of airspace, the Republic of Moldova joins the European Organization for Air Navigation Safety (EUROCONTROL).

 

Since 1 January 2008, the Republic of Moldova has become a full member of JAA (Joint Aviation Authority), and in 2009, because of JAA reorganization, the Republic of Moldova signed the Working Arrangements with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), JAA successor.