Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport (Ukrainian: Міжнародний аеропорт "Донецьк") (IATA: DOK, ICAO: UKCC) is an airport located 10 km (6.2 mi) northwest of Donetsk, Ukraine. It was built in the 1940s and 1950s and rebuilt in 1973 and again from 2011 to 2012.
In the 1990s, Donetsk Airport experienced a number of criminal incidents. On November 3, 1996, a group of assassins opened indiscriminate fire at the plane of prominent local businessman Yevhen Shcherban as passengers disembarked on the apron. Shcherban and his wife were killed, together with an airport ground technician and the plane's flight engineer was lethally wounded.
In accordance with the program of Donetsk for Euro 2012 in 2011, the Ukrainian construction company "Altcom" constructed a new airport terminal, which had been developed by experts from Croatia.
On July 26, 2011, Borys Kolesnikov, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Infrastructure, opened a new runway at the airport with a length of 4000 m and a width of 75 m. Two days later, the runway began to take regular and charter flights. On May 14, 2012, the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, opened a new seven-story terminal with a capacity of 3,100 passengers per hour[clarification needed].
The airline Donbassaero had its head office located at the airport, but ceased operations in January 2013.
On 26 May 2014, Pro-Russian rebels stormed and took control of the airport soon after the new president Petro Poroshenko won the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election. Ukrainian troops launched air attacks to regain control of the airport from the rebels. 2 civilians and 38 combatants have been reported dead, and the Ukrainian military regained control of the airport.
Service at the airport has not resumed since the battle. The terminal building has been severely damaged during the fights.
^"Contacts." Donbassaero. Retrieved on 27 April 2011. "Headquarter The headquarter of our company is located at international airport “Donetsk”. Address: DONBASSAERO, 1«V», Vzlyotnaya str., Donetsk, 83021, Ukraine"