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Chisinau International Airport: a rare example of a small growing capital airport in a poor country

Moldova, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, is a poor country economically but one which aspires to European Union membership soon.

Chisinau International Airport is a rare example of an airport that seems to operate in a bubble, largely devoid of LCCs and alliance operations and with a mainly leisure rather than business market for the full service airlines which operate there. But air traffic is growing as the country takes advantage of the open skies of the Common Aviation Area. The question is, can the airport find a niche for itself in the future?

This report examines Chisinau International Airport by way of several sets of metrics, examining the airports that are rivals to it, its construction activities and its ownership issues.

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