But all these changes did not make several big elephants in the room go away.

Many were puzzled when fancy new Terminal D opened in May 2012, with no food or drink in sight, nor duty free shops – a constant in any international airport. For nearly a year passengers who were flying from Terminal D had nowhere to buy food, coffee or even water, or to shop for that matter. Only recently did the administration of Boryspil proudly open a cafe in departures hall of Terminal D, offering sandwiches for around Hr 80 ($10) and other goods.

Then there was a bizarre incident, when in September 2012 all cafes and shops in duty free areas of terminals B and D were shut down for weeks as a result of a confusion between the State Property Fund and the prosecutor’s office (according to one account of the events).

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