Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), the gateway to the Visayas and Southern Philippines, is the second largest airport facility in the country with an annually growing number of passengers. In 2016, over 8.9 million passengers, both domestic and international passed through our doors to access their destinations.
At the helm of this facility is GMR- MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), a Filipino-led consortium managing the terminal operations and other related areas of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Under the Public-Private partnership (PPP) framework, the GMR Group of India and the MEGAWIDE Construction Corporation joint venture, shall deliver a second terminal and rehabilitate the existing one to reduce congestion as well as meet the growing passenger traffic. GMCAC is undertaking this capital extensive project to provide a world class terminal airport with a welcoming ambiance that is distinctly Filipino.
With a total of 17 international destinations, 35 domestic destinations and with 23 partner airline carriers, Mactan-Cebu Airport is no longer just a secondary airport. It is a viable choice that connects Cebu to the rest of the Philippines and to the world.
GMCAC envisions Mactan-Cebu Airport to become the ͞friendliest gateway destination͟ treating passengers as guests the moment they set foot in the airport. The company’s brand image is firmly tied to Cebu’s global reputation as a resort destination.
Upon turnover of MCIA’s operations and management to GMCAC in November 01, 2014, the company has fast-tracked in-terminal developments to reduce congestion, improve ambiance and enhance customer service.
To reduce congestion, GMCAC embarked on the installation of a passenger reconciliation system to immediately scan boarding passes, a first in any Philippines airport; installed self-service check-in kiosks; expandable check-in counters; new baggage handling system; installed four X-ray machines at the Final Security Check; new Immigration counters; and swing gates or alternate gates for international or domestic boarding areas.
To improve the terminal’s ambiance, there are now more retail and dining options from international and local brands; installed new seats that offer comfort; and expanded and refurbished existing washrooms to mirror those found in hotels.
To enhance customer service, there is now a premium lounge at the International Departures; about a hundred new Flight Information Display monitors; more ATM machines; mobile charging stations; a water refilling station inside the boarding gates; fun and exciting in-terminal activities (like Sinulog, Valentine’s Day, Summer Festival, Halloween and Christmas); and the Cebu Connect Transfer Facility Desk, a transfer and early check-in facility that allows passengers with connecting flights to easily drop their baggage for check-in and have their boarding passes printed out. The transfer desk can process connecting passengers even as early as 12hours of their onward connecting flight. Upon securing their boarding passes, they can leave the terminal and enjoy a short visit at nearby sites or taste the famous Cebu ͞lechon.͟
The construction of a new world-class Passenger Terminal Building or MCIA Terminal 2 is already in full swing and is meant to drive further growth in passenger traffic, which translates to a more robust tourism environment for the region.
Slated to open in June 2018, Terminal 2 will increase passenger capacity to 12.5 million. The new terminal, spanning 65,500 square meters, will not only lessen congestion but will offer an exciting and wide-ranging retail environment.
Hong Kong-based Integrated Design Associates (IDA), which has previously worked on projects at Beijing Capital, Delhi-Indira Gandhi and Hong Kong airports, forms part of MCIA Terminal 2’s design team. IDA is working in tandem with Budji Layug, Royal Pineda and Kenneth Cobunpue – on the design, look and feel of the new terminal. Envisioned with a unique design that demonstrates the warmth and friendliness of the local culture, the project is set to transform the local airport into a world-class facility and resortgateway.
The most recognizable element of the terminal is the dynamic elegance and lightness of the roof. The structure is composed of an array of glulam arches, which form the roof curvature and define its geometry and modularity. The arches span every 30 meters, which enables Terminal 2 to be as columnfree as possible. The internal spaces is enclosed by a light and transparent glazed façade. The arch façade is 15 meters tall and is accentuated by vertical U channels. The timber arches become the main element in the creation of a dramatic internal space, with sleek geometries and dynamic perspectives, where the undulating roof is reminiscent of the waves of the seas around Mactan Cebu Island.
A two-level forecourt segregates both the Arrivals and Departures area that is fully integrated with landside development. There will be 48 check-in counters that are expandable to 72. It has provisions for seven (7) passenger boarding bridges, which can be expanded to 12 boarding bridges serving wide and narrow body aircrafts. It will also be equipped with 12 escalators and 15 elevators facilitating the easy movement of passengers, especially for persons with disabilities.
A car parking facility will be constructed that can accommodate 550 cars and expandable to 750 cars as needed. There will also be an array of food and retail choices, including a mall, casino, and a hotel.
In the next two years, completely new routes connecting Cebu to Europe, Australia and other ASEAN countries will be in the works. Last year, discussions and meetings with airport operators in Sweden, Australia, and Japan were held to market Cebu as a destination and to showcase MCIA as an ideal gateway to the Philippines as well as exploring new networks for the Cebu Airport. Likewise, expanding connections to China, Japan and South Korea are being studied.
Sustained growth in the travel market also saw airline companies adding new flights to existing routes like Cebu-Taipei (Eva Air); Cebu-Pusan (Air Busan); Cebu-Kuala Lumpur, Cebu- Taipei, and Cebu Singapore by Air Asia; Cebu-Caticlan and Cebu-Singapore by Philippine Airlines; and Cebu- Narita by Vanilla Air.
In 2016, GMCAC logged 6.41 million domestic passengers and 2.52 million international passengers, which also grew by 12 percent from the previous year. In 2015, passenger arrivals at MCIA registered a total of 7.97 million with 5.91 million domestic passengers and 2.07 international passengers.
With strategic and out-of-the box airline marketing initiatives, GMCAC is optimistic that it will hit its target of 10-million passenger arrivals by the end of 2017, or a 12% jump from 2016.
Within two years of operations and management of the airport, GMCAC bagged four awards from different world-renowned financial institutions plus a recognition of being one of the Best Airports in Asia.
16 – International destinations out of Mactan-Cebu Airport connecting to countries like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and United Arab Emirates via Dubai.
35 – Domestic destinations out of Mactan-Cebu Airport including among others famous tourist destinations like Boracay, El Nido, Puerto Princesa, Busuanga, Siargao and Camiguin
22 – Partner airline carriers, local and foreign alike.
31- Food and beverage outlets spread across the terminals from coffee shops, restaurants, fast food chain, pasalubong or souvenir outlets, and grab and go shops.
28 – Retail stores to enhance shopping experience from apparel, gift items, fragrances, cosmetics, electronics, and accessories