Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu –Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2) commenced full commercial operations early morning today. As early as 1:00 am, departing passengers used the new facilities of T2 to check-in for their flights.
The first arriving and departing flights at T2 were operated by China Eastern Airlines – MU 5023 arrived from Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) at 3:40 am; MU 5024 returned to PVG at 4:40 am.
Despite the early hour, the terminal was alive with music and surprises prepared by developer GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) and its partners.
The terminal’s first arriving passengers were greeted by Sinulog dancers at the baggage reclaim hall. Each passenger received a gift box of Cebu treats, which were placed on the baggage carousel as a surprise welcome gift. For the first departing passengers, F&B unit Cabin Bar gave away free beverages while Sinulog dancers performed a festive send-off. Commercial partner the Chocolate Chamber handed out hot chocolate drinks to all passengers while Duty Free’s Momento store gave away discount coupons for their products.
“Our opening day will set the tone for the remainder of our operations,” said Louie Ferrer, GMCAC President. “Not only are we aiming for seamless, world-class service, we also want to give our passengers the kind of welcome that only this airport can give.”
The Inauguration on June 7 was just as exciting and energetic, with Sinulog Dancers and performers welcoming guests led by none other than President Rodrigo Duterte. MCIA is one of the flagship projects under the administration’s Build, Build, Build program and the first airport project inaugurated under President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.
Considered as the central gateway to the Visayas and Southern Philippines, MCIA is the second largest airport facility in the country. In 2017, it welcomed a total of 9.97 million passengers, a 12% increase from the previous year’s 8.89 million. This year, MCIA is targeting a 14% rise in passenger volume to 11.3 million.
MCIA currently has a total of 23 international destinations, 33 domestic destinations and 26 partner airline carriers. Ferrer says that in the coming months, they are looking to tap new markets in Australia, Europe, US, India and the Middle East. “Currently, there are no direct flights in these destinations. What we hope to do is to tap these markets through our existing partner carriers.” Ferrer also revealed that they are looking to increase flight frequency in the Middle East; East Asia, particularly China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Taipei; and Southeast Asia, specifically Singapore, Thailand and Bangkok.
With a unique design that captures the warmth and friendliness of the local culture, Terminal 2 is set to transform MCIA into a world-class facility and resort-gateway. Designed by Hong Kong-based architectural firm Integrated Design Associates Ltd (IDA), the concept of the new terminal is inspired by the warm waters and the tropical terrain surrounding Cebu.
Spanning 65,500 square meters, Terminal 2 is dedicated to international flights and can accommodate 4.5 million passengers. The opening of T2 will increase MCIA’s current passenger capacity to a minimum of 12.5 million passengers per annum.