Kunovice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkunovɪtsɛ], German: Kunowitz) is a town in the Uherské Hradiště District in the Zlín Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 5,600 inhabitants.
The first written mention of Kunovice is from 1196. From the 15th century Kunovice is referred to as a market town.A post office was opened in 1869. Until 1918, Kunowitz – Kunovice was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), in the Ungarisch Hradisch – Uherské Hradiště District, one of the 34 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Moravia.Between 1949–1954 and 1972–1990 Kunovice was a part of Uherské Hradiště. Kunovice gained the town status in 1997.
Since 1936, the aircraft manufacturer Aircraft Industries (formerly Let Kunovice) has been based at Kunovice Airport near the town. The airport also hosts aircraft manufacturers Czech Sport Aircraft and Evektor-Aerotechnik. It is designated as an international airport.
A main tourist attraction is the Kunovice Aviation Museum, located at the town's airport.
Anton Gala (1891–1977), Slovak scientist, ophthalmologist and university professor
Josef Abrhám (born 1939), actor
Twin towns – sister cities
Kunovice is twinned with:
Pocheon, South Korea
Stará Turá, Slovakia
West, United States