The Boryspil airport’s idling Terminal B, which was once the airport’s main terminal, may be converted into a concert hall or exhibition center. The airport’s future head Pavlo Riabikin stated this in an interview with the CFTS portal.
"Of course, an exhibition center or a concert hall can be arranged at the terminal B. This area should not be idle. It should generate income, especially considering the fact that the airport is spending money on maintenance of the terminal, anyway. Moreover, the terminal’s dome is an architectural monument, which means that it needs to be heated in the winter to maintain a temperature not lower than 5 degrees. That costs a lot," Riabikin said.
In general, according to him, the Boryspil airport’s main terminal, the Terminal D, will expand toward the Terminal B as the airport develops as a hub both terminals will gradually become virtually one large terminal with convenient transfers.
"But that is 7-10 years into the future. In other words, we are talking about integration the terminals, which will essentially become one terminal capable of receiving 25-30 million passengers per year. In this case, it is natural that the [terminal B] will be reconstructed," Riabikin said.
He also said that he would fulfill the Ministry of Infrastructure’s task of increasing the proportion of the airport’s non-aviation revenues. It is currently about 20% of the airport’s total revenues, but it is expected to increase to 40% in two years. The Boryspil airport currently has one of the lowest proportions of non-aviation revenues in the Southeastern Europe, Riabikin said.