Duterte inaugurates Terminal 2 of Mactan-Cebu Int’l Airport

Published June 7, 2018, 10:06 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Minerva BC Newman

CEBU CITY – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inaugurated the $600 million world-class Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Thursday, June 7.

President Duterte leads inauguration of the newly completed 420-megawatt (MW) Pagbilao Unit 3 power project in Pagbilao, Quezon (PTV / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Duterte

Duterte said the Cebuanos should bask on the beauty of this airport. “The one who build this deserves recognition actually maganda and pagkagawa. Enjoy it. Indulge on it because it’s yours.”

In a briefer, the new terminal 2 of the airport is designed to handle up to 5 million international passengers per year. With its modular design, it will be expanded to 8 million passengers per year within 10 years.

The project will transform the MCIA into a world-class facility and resort-gateway. According to Andrew Harrison, chief executive advisor of Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), a Filipino-led consortium operating and managing the MCIA, Terminal 2 is built on a 65,000 sq.m. land area for more space, comfort and convenience.

“The goal is Cebu-World-Cebu! MCIA is soon to be the country’s airport that feels like a resort, an airport that is not just a gateway but a destination,” he said.

Harrison said the design and the materials used in the building make it as “one of the beautiful terminal buildings in the world which has three levels for international flights.

“No terminal in the world that used so much quantity of wood for its roofing—wood is more representative of the culture and heritage in Cebu,” he said.

The timber arches create a dramatic internal space, with sleek geometries and dynamic perspectives, where the undulating roof is reminiscent of the waves of the seas around Mactan Island, Harrison described the elegance and lightness of the terminal’s roofing.

The ceiling is high for the natural sunlight to get through while its concrete polished flooring has mother of pearls inserts to look like sand, “represents Cebu as a tropical Island” Harrison added.

Harrison said all airports in the world have their own DNA or respective identify. Delhi airport for example is transformational and welcoming while Singapore Changi airport has the flavor of Singapore.

For the Mactan-Cebu airport we want to put Cebu in the world tourism map as a tropical island, he added.

With the opening of Terminal 2, passenger arrivals are expected to increase by an average of 12 percent this year. Cebu airport traffic since 2014 has consistently grown by 13 percent for both local and foreign tourists.

Cebu market is composed mostly of tourists, OFWs, transfer passengers, students and business travelers. In 2018, the Mactan-Cebu airport aims to reach 11-17 million passengers, Harrison added.

The Mactan-Cebu airport now connects to 35 destinations within the country via seven Filipino carriers and we want to open direct flights to capital cities in the world such as Cebu-Dubai-Cebu; Cebu Taipei-Cebu; Cebu-Los Angeles-Cebu and Cebu-Xiemen-Cebu, Harrison went on.

“We want to be ready for the increase capacity of passengers to Cebu from 4.5 to 12.5 million passengers per annum,” he added.

Airport management has already put in place minimum performance standards at MCIA on the efficiency and time management of passengers and baggage check-in, check-out for convenient travels, Harrison said.