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Donetsk International Airport

Donetsk Sergei Prokofiev International Airport (Ukrainian: Міжнародний аеропорт «Донецьк») (IATA: DOK, ICAO: UKCC) is a nonoperational airport located 10 km (6.2 mi) northwest of Donetsk, Ukraine, that was destroyed in 2014 during the War in Donbass. It was built in the 1940s and 1950s and rebuilt in 1973 and again from 2011 to 2012. The airport is named after 20th-century composer Sergei Prokofiev, who was a native of Donetsk Oblast.

Donetsk Sergei Prokofiev International Airport
Міжнародний аеропорт «Донецьк»
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The ruins of the airport in December 2014 during the War in Donbass.
  • IATA: DOK
  • ICAO: UKCC
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Donetsk, Ukraine
Elevation AMSL 238 m / 781 ft
Coordinates 48°04′30″N
037°43′32″E
Website airport.dn.ua
Map
UKCC is located in Donetsk

UKCC
Location in Ukraine
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 4,000 13,123 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers + 346,700

History

Development until 2014

The main terminal prior to the War in Donbass

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. The airline Donbassaero had its head office located at the airport, but ceased operations in January 2013.

2014–15 conflict

On 26 May 2014, separatists from the Donetsk People’s Republic with technical assistance from Russian mercenaries seized the airport soon after Petro Poroshenko won the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election. In response, Ukrainian forces launched air attacks to regain control of it from the belligerents. Two civilians and 38 combatants were reported dead, and the Ukrainian military regained control of the airport. Service at the airport has not resumed since the battle.

On 1 October 2014, the belligerents attempted to retake the airport. A spokesman for what the Ukrainian government calls its anti-terrorist operation said Ukrainian forces repelled four attacks on the airport that 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 October 1 that there were indications that the government had lost control of the airport. DNR leader Alexander Zakharchenko said it was «95%» under separatist control. Ukrainian officials insisted the airport was still under government control as of October 2014.

Zakharchenko claimed that the rebels had taken complete control of the airport on 17 January 2015, after a series of battles with pro-government forces over the complex. One day later it was reported that government forces claimed to have retaken almost all parts of the airport lost to the belligerents in recent weeks, after a mass operation during the night. On 21 January, Ukrainian forces admitted losing control of the airport to the Donetsk People’s Republic rebels.

Over the course of battles for the airport, the airport complex suffered extensive damage from constant bombardments and change of hand between pro-government and proxy forces. The main terminal buildings, with their sturdy concrete construction, served as garrisons and shelters for soldiers defending the airport grounds, and as a result the buildings would be subjected to attacks and suffer extensive structural failures, most notably with the collapse of the massive roof over the new terminal building’s mezzanine. Similarly, the control tower was contested by opposing forces due to its strategic lookout point, but eventually collapsed in January 2015 during the final leg of the Second Battle of Donetsk Airport.

Since the fighting, the ruins of the airport have been cleared of rubble, leaving behind the concrete shells of the new terminal building and adjoining parking garage.

Airlines and destinations

All civilian airline operations including Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, Air Berlin, Aeroflot and flydubai were suspended due to armed conflict in May 2014, and the airport’s facilities were subsequently completely destroyed.

Statistics

Old terminal of Donetsk International Airport

Donetsk International Airport

Year Passengers Change on previous year
2009 488,100 -
2010 612,200 + 25.4%
2011 829,300 + 35.5%
2012 1,000,000 + 20.6%
2013 1,110,400 + 11.0%
2014 346,700 (closed due to the War in Donbass) - 68.8%
2015 - - 100.0%
2016 - -
2017 - -
2018 - -
2019 - -
2020 - -

Accidents and incidents

  • On 3 November 1996 a group of contract killers dressed in security forces fatigues opened indiscriminate fire at the plane of prominent local businessman Yevhen Shcherban as he disembarked on the apron after a flight from Moscow. Shcherban and his wife were killed, together with an airport ground technician and the plane’s flight engineer.
  • On 13 February 2013 South Airlines Flight 8971 crashed when the plane overshot the runway as it attempted an emergency landing, resulting in 5 fatalities.


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General Info
Country Ukraine
ICAO ID UKCC
Time UTC+2 (+3DT)
Latitude 48.073611
48° 04' 25.00" N
Longitude 37.739722
037° 44' 23.00" E
Elevation 791 feet
241 meters
Magnetic Variation 007° E (01/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
TWR 118.3
METEO 121.3
GND 119.0
APP 134.0


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
08/26 8150 x 157 feet
2484 x 48 meters
ASPHALT 039FDXT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME DON DONETSK 097X 115 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.
Oil O-133, 1010, jet Engine Oil (MIL l 6081)
Other Fluids OX, Indicates oxygen servicing when type of servicing is unknown


Remarks
CSTMS/IMG IMG avbl
FUEL (NC-A1)



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