Donetsk International Airport

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Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport
Міжнародний аеропорт "Донецьк"
Donetsk Airport Logo.png
Main terminal prior to the 2014 war
Airport type Public
Serves Donetsk, Ukraine
Elevation AMSL 238 m / 781 ft
Coordinates 48°04′30″N 037°43′32″E / 48.07500°N 37.72556°E / 48.07500; 37.72556Coordinates: 48°04′30″N 037°43′32″E / 48.07500°N 37.72556°E / 48.07500; 37.72556
UKCC is located in Ukraine
Location in Ukraine
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 4,000 13,123 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers Increase 1,110,500
Source: Ukrainian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport (Ukrainian: Міжнародний аеропорт "Донецьк") (IATA: DOKICAO: 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. The airport is named for 20th-century composer Sergei Prokofiev, who was a native of Donetsk Oblast.

The airport has been closed since 26 May 2014 due to military operations and has been practically destroyed during the second battle in autumn.[2]


Development since the 1990s[edit]

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.[3]

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,[4] but ceased operations in January 2013.[5]

2014 conflict[edit]

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.[6] Two civilians and 38 combatants have been reported dead, and the Ukrainian military regained control of the airport.[7][citation needed]

Service at the airport has not resumed since the battle.[8] The terminal building has been severely damaged during the fighting.[9]

On 1 October 2014, Pro-Russian rebels tried to take back the airport in recent weeks, A spokesman for what the Ukrainian government calls its anti-terrorist operation said Ukrainian forces repelled four attacks on the airport on Wednesday evening, A T-64 tank was destroyed and seven rebels were killed, Vladyslav Seleznyov told Kanal 5 TV. A reporter for Associated Press in Donetsk said on Wednesday, October 1, there were indications the government may already have lost control of the airport. Rebel-leader Alexander Zakharchenko said it was "95%" under separatist control. Ukrainian officials insist the airport is still under government control as of October 2014. [10]

The main terminal building and the control tower are lying in ruins as a result of the fighting in early October 2014.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

All civilian airline operations are suspended due to armed conflict as of October 2014. As the airport and its facilities are completely destroyed,[11] a resumption of any scheduled services in the near future is unlikely.


Donbassaero Airbus A320-200 at Donetsk International Airport
Year Passengers Change on previous year
2010 723,650 -
2011 829,300 Increase014.6%
2012 1,000,000 Increase017.0%
2013 1,110,500 Increase011.1%

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ EAD Basic
  2. ^ "Donetsk Airport Cyborgs". Ukraine Today. 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2014-10-15. 
  3. ^ Донецкая мафия: Щербань Евгений (Ukrainian)
  4. ^ "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"
  5. ^ Donbassaero airline starts bankruptcy proceedings
  6. ^ Ukraine crisis: Battle to control Donetsk airport
  7. ^ "Dozens killed in fighting over Donetsk airport". Big News Network. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Notice for passengers International Airport Donetsk. 26 May 2014. Accessed 31 May 2014
  9. ^ "Новости Донбасса :: В интернете появились фото разгромленного аэропорта имени Прокофьева ФОТО". Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  10. ^ "Ukraine rebels renew push to take Donetsk airport". BBC News. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Welcome to Donetsk: Shocking pictures show Ukrainian airport lying in tatters as UN says at least 331 have been killed since last month’s ceasefire was agreed". The Daily Mail. 8 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Plane crash landing in Ukraine kills at least five: officials". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  13. ^ "BBC News - Five killed as plane crash-lands in eastern Ukraine". 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  14. ^ "AN-24 crash-landing kills 5 in Donetsk — RT News". Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  15. ^ "Deaths reported in Ukraine plane crash -". Retrieved 2014-08-03. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Donetsk International Airport at Wikimedia Commons