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June 1,2020

Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) and GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) announced today that Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is ready to resume operations with safety measures already in place at Terminals 1 and 2. This is in preparation for the resumption of airline flight services at the airport.

According to GMCAC Chief Executive Advisor Andrew Acquaah-Harrison, the operating procedures and overall airport environment of MCIA have been modified for the “New Normal”, and staff will be re-trained in its implementation in adherence with the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“As we experience a change to how we influence passenger behaviour when using the airport, we will keenly observe how the passengers will react to the new environment and make adjustments as necessary. At the same time, we ask the passengers and staff for their cooperation and understanding as we implement these new measures for their well-being and safety,” said Harrison.

Health and safety measures for passengers and airport staff

Passengers and airport staff are directed to strictly observe these measures while inside MCIA:

  1. Strictly adhere to social distancing protocols and follow the visual markers placed in different locations. Always stay in the right lane when walking.
  2. Mandatory wearing of face masks and any preferred additional PPEs within the airport vicinity and inside the terminals.
  3. Comply with body temperature checks conducted by the security personnel at all airport entry points.
  4. Regularly sanitize hands and disinfect shoes using provided hand sanitizers and footbaths at terminal entry locations.
  5. Limit send-off parties at the departure area to one companion only regardless of the number of passengers traveling together.
  6. Provide correct information when filling out health declaration forms.
  7. Read COVID-19 health information materials posted in strategic locations of the terminal.
  8. Listen to PA announcements for health and safety reminders.

MCIA builds a COVID-19 testing laboratory for returning OFWs

MCIAA and GMCAC announced that MCIA will be the first airport in the country to be equipped with a dedicated COVID-19 testing laboratory with state-of-the-art facilities that can process about 900 swab samples per day rising to 2,000 per day for the benefit of arriving OFWs, seafarers, and locally stranded individuals. Eventually the process will be extended to those outbound international passengers requiring a COVID-19 test certificate for entry to other countries.

Testing booths are set up in T2 Arrival Reclaim with swab sampling taking a maximum of 5 minutes, after which OFW’s and Seafarers will be transferred to designated quarantine facilities by DOH and LGU Officials. Test results will be available on-line to DOH after 24-hours.

“This initiative will augment the government’s testing capacity and fast track the processing of arriving OFWs and seafarers and decongest Manila. At the same time, it will help alleviate the plight of OFWs and Seafarers who desperately want to return to the Visayas and Mindanao but are stranded in quarantine centers in Luzon while waiting for their COVID-19 test results,” said MCIAA General Manager Steve Dicdican.

Once swab samples are taken, OFWs and seafarers will be billeted in hotels designated as quarantine facilities by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Department of Tourism while waiting for their test results.

“We believe this measure will give an important capacity boost to DOH and at the same time help kick-start our local economy through the jobs that will be necessary to provide support for all these arriving OFW’s and Seafarers in sectors such as hotels, transportation, and catering in the immediate term, but most importantly pave the way for international arrivals to resume as the confidence to travel to Cebu from the tourists and foreigners starts to build. As part of Cebu’s tourism ecosystem we need to ensure we play our part in helping the tourism sector recover. Many jobs for Cebuanos are highly dependent on the safe but eventual rebound of the tourism sector,” said Harrison.

Currently, the laboratory operator Prime Care is working on getting the certification and accreditation from the DOH and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).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.