GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) is ramping up preparations for the “New Normal” travel experience at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in adherence to the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The guidelines issued by both agencies are intended to protect the well-being of the public against the continuing threat of COVID-19.
“GMCAC and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) are implementing stringent preventive health and safety measures at MCIA. This is in preparation for the lifting of travel restrictions and the resumption of flight services in line with airline schedules,” said GMCAC Chief Executive Advisor Andrew Acquaah-Harrison.
Stringent Safety Measures
Harrison asked for the public’s cooperation in the implementation of these measures at the airport. In particular, he requested for the public’s support in limiting the number of well-wishers for departing passengers to one companion per passenger. “This will go a long way in helping us avoid close proximity crowding anywhere on the airport premises,” he said.
Among the other safety measures to be implemented at MCIA are the following:
1) Compulsory use of face masks for all passengers and airport employees within the vicinity of Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and adjacent areas
All passengers and airport employees are required to always wear face masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) inside the airport premises.
2) Mandatory body temperature checks
3) Hand sanitizing and shoe disinfection for all passengers and employees prior to terminal entry
Passengers and airport staff must sanitize their hands and disinfect their shoes before entering the airport terminals. Hand sanitizers and footbaths are provided at all entry points.
4) Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced in all terminal areas
5) Regular disinfection of passenger areas and terminal facilities
6) A protective clear shield will be fitted and installed in all check-in counters to serve as a protective barrier between the passenger and the check-in agent.
7) Medical Isolation Room
The isolated holding areas that have been in place since the onset of the COVID- 19 outbreak will continue to be used as a medical isolation room where personnel from the Bureau of Quarantine can conduct quarantine assessment.
8) Posting of health information materials and safety reminders in strategic locations
GMCAC is in close coordination with the MCIAA and relevant government authorities, airlines, and other MCIA community stakeholders for the organized implementation of the “new normal” measures. Harrison also requested airport stakeholders to review and modify their policies and procedures to adhere to the IATF and DOTR guidelines.
With these measures in place, GMCAC and the entire MCIA community look forward to welcoming passengers and tourists as they travel again to and from Cebu. END
About GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation
On November 2014, Filipino-led developer GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) took over development of all landside facilities of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) under a 25-year Public-Private Partnership concession agreement with the Philippine Government. It opened the new international Terminal, Terminal 2, in July 2018 and completed the full renovation of Terminal 1 in December 2019. GMCAC is a joint venture company comprised of Filipino engineering and infrastructure company Megawide and Indian infrastructure developer GMR Group.