Chisinau Airport Evacuated Amid Bomb Threat

Exterior of Chisinau Airport Moldova.
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Chisinau International Airport in Moldova experienced another disruption yesterday, April 21st, after receiving a bomb threat. This comes just one day after a similar incident forced the evacuation of passengers and staff.

Authorities responded swiftly to the latest threat, evacuating everyone from the airport as a precaution.

Second Incident in 2 days

The Moldovan Border Police spokesperson, Raisa Novitski, confirmed the incident to the Ukrinform news agency in a statement.

“The Chisinau airport is currently on alert. All services of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are conducting on-site checks. Passengers and airport staff have been evacuated from the building.”

Thankfully, a thorough search by authorities revealed no explosive devices, and the airport was eventually declared safe.

This marks the second time in two days that Chisinau International Airport has been evacuated due to a bomb threat. Both incidents have now proven to be hoaxes.

These events come amidst heightened regional tensions due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Moldova, which borders war-torn Ukraine, has expressed concerns about potential destabilization efforts by Russia.

The United States has responded by strengthening its collaboration with the Moldovan government.

Continued Disruptions at Chisinau Airport

While the airport is now operational, the recent evacuations have caused some delays and disruptions for travelers.

Passengers flying into or out of Chisinau are advised to check with their airline for any schedule changes or updates.

The Moldovan authorities are continuing their investigation into the source of the bomb threats. It is further indication of the continuing need to remain vigilant in the current climate. Hopefully, these recent events will not become a regular occurrence at Chisinau International Airport.

Exterior of Chisinau Airport Moldova.
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Chisinau International Airport: Moldova’s Main Gateway

Chisinau International Airport (IATA: RMO), formerly known by the code KIV, is Moldova’s principal international airport.

Situated 13 kilometers southeast of the capital city of Chișinău, the airport serves as a hub for several airlines. These include Air Moldova, Moldova’s national carrier, as well as FlyOne, HiSky, Carpatair, and Cavok Air.

In 2023, Chisinau International Airport handled a significant number of passengers, reflecting its role as a key connection point for Moldova.

Passengers flying to or from Chisinau typically enjoy a variety of standard amenities, including duty-free shopping, restaurants, and cafes.

The airport also offers business lounges and conference facilities for travelers on business trips.

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