By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY — Passengers should brace for some flight delays as the runway of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will undergo repair.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade inspected the MCIA runway on Thursday and ordered that repairs will be done right away after seeing cracks and potholes in the runaway.
Tugade met with officials of the MCIA and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for the implementation of the runway’s 14-day rehabilitation.
Tugade said there will be two phases of improvement, the short- and long-term.
“The short-term will have the applying of technology-based material on cracks. The long term will be the asphalt overlaying of the whole runway,” Tugade said.
Tugade opposed the proposal of closing the runway for eight hours a day during the 14-day rehabilitation.
“Eight hours are too long. Maybe four hours. The Department of Transportation, CAAP, MCIA and the airlines should talk to minimize the distraction. We should find a win-win solution,” Tugade said.
Aside from rehabilitating the old runway, there is also a plan to construct a new runway.
“On the very long term, we are exploring on having a new runway. There are already proposals but we cannot discuss it yet in public,” Tugade said.
Tugade believes that finding space for the new runway won’t be a problem.
“If a second runway is needed, then by all means we will try to look for space that is reasonably available,” he said.
“We need to have a beautiful runway because we have a beautiful terminal,” added Tugade, referring to MCIA’s newly-opened Terminal 2.