What You Need to Know About Cebu-Mactan International Airport Upgrade

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While it remains uncertain at this point which direction the future of Manila’s international gateway is going, the construction of Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal 2 by GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation since June 2015 is well underway.

Here are things you need to know as a traveler, property investor or simply a Filipino wanting to know more about this anticipated international gateway.

MCIA Terminal 2 is slated for service by 2018
With a target service launch by 2018, the new terminal will significantly increase the airport’s passenger handling capacity from 4.5 million to 12.5 million yearly passengers. Although still below the 28 million passengers that can be accommodated by Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s four passenger terminals, surge in passenger traffic may also be softened as nearby Panglao Island International Airport in Bohol island, with a capacity of 1.7 million passengers.

MCIA expected to rank among best airports in Asia
According to GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, the transformation of Terminal 1, including infrastructure and customer service has been well received by travelers. In fact, MCIA was voted 14th Best Airport in Asia in 2016, improving from 18th in 2015. Dubbed as the world’s first-ever resort airport, MCIA aims not only a part of the journey but also part of a visitor’s destination. So once Terminal 2 goes into operation, its ranking among the best in Asia is expected to go higher.

MCIA features modern facilities common to leading airports worldwide
The airport is equipped with self-service check-in kiosks that enable passengers to check in their flights without passing through traditional check-in counters, thereby easing crowds and avoiding long lines. Passengers just need to present flight information to check-in and confirm their flights, choose their seats and print their boarding passes. Passenger reconciliation system allows passengers to check-in online, scan electronic boarding passes directly from smartphones, or print their boarding passes.

MCIA has incorporated passenger-friendly features among its amenities
More than just functionality, MCIA’s passenger amenities have blueprints highlighting on asthetics and user-friendliness. More immigration counters mean quicker pace in passenger flow, expansion of toilet space with designer toilets, more cubicle and facilities for persons with disabilities, as well as charging stations, breastfeeding rooms, comfortable seats and more choices for dining and shopping.

Resort hotel to rise within MCIA grounds
As alternative to the Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino Mactan located outside the airport’s terminal premises, an unnamed resort hotel will also be established within airport terminal area, providing accessibility to a luxurious accommodation right after arrival. Hopefully, this, along with imporvement in passenger flow and luggage handling, creates more positive impression and less of the bad memories such as “tanim bala”, overcharging taxicabs and smelly toilets.

The GMCAC consortium will manage MCIA for 25 years
The principal operator and proponent in the construction of new terminal, the partnership between the Philippine’s Megawide Construction Corporation and India’s GMR Infrastructure Limited will manage the airport for the next 25 years under a concession contract. This means under this airport public-private arrangement, the airport operation falls into the experienced and more capable hands while the government focus on more pressing matters.