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New Route of the Day (29 April 2024): Lufthansa between Frankfurt and Chisinau


Lufthansa introduced a new service between Frankfurt and the Moldovan capital of Chisinau on Monday 29 April. The 1,540-kilometre route will initially be maintained 4-weekly, Mondays through Thursdays, increasing to 5-weekly from May 24 with an additional rotation on Fridays. The carrier will utilise a mix of CRJ900 and A319 aircraft on the service. It faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight LH1558 departs Frankfurt at 09:55 local time, arriving in Chisinau at 13:15 local time. The return service, operating as LH1559, takes off from the Moldovan capital at 13:55 local time, touching back down at Germany’s busiest airport at 15:25 local time.

What they said

Monica Dobrutch, Head of Sales for Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova at Lufthansa, said: “Yes to Chisinau and yes to Moldova! We are happy to celebrate the first Lufthansa flight between Chisinau and Frankfurt. The Republic of Moldova is a hidden gem in Eastern Europe known for its massive wine industry, wonderful cuisine, and amazing people. Thank you to our customers and partners for their fantastic contribution and support.”

Lufthansa returns after almost five years

Lufthansa previously served Chisinau from Frankfurt on a daily basis until October 2019. The service was launched in 2018 to supplement flights between Munich and the Moldovan capital, which were introduced in 2010 and operated for eight years.

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Lufthansa follows its sister companies Austrian from Vienna and Eurowings from Cologne in maintaining flights to Chisinau. The latter will also add services between Stuttgart and Chisinau on 18 May. Whereas Lufthansa and Austrian serve the city on a year-round basis, Eurowings’ operations are run during the summer only.

Chisinau changes historic IATA code

Moldova altered the three-letter international abbreviation for Chisinau’s airport earlier this year in an attempt to remove the remnants of the Russian language in the former Soviet republic. The KIV abbreviation, which was used for decades – shortened for Kishinev – the capital’s name in Russian, has been replaced with the RMO acronym that stands for Republica Moldova, the country’s official name in Romanian. The change came into force on 18 January.


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