GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), the operator of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) recently held a sales mission last February 28, 2018 at Seda Hotel Centrio, it’s the 3rd leg of its sales mission series organized by their marketing and communications arm headed by Ms Aines Librodo, Airline Marketing & Tourism Development for GMCAC.

In her presentation, she emphasized the promise of a world-class terminal 2 to welcome guests and tourists, both local and international. From its intricate color schemes and unique design, the terminal 2 of MCIA is attributed to geographical characteristics of the Island of Cebu being encompassed by sea, land, air; its 10-arch roof resembling that of the terrains of Cebu.

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MCIA’s Terminal 2 will be the first green terminal in the country to be serving international flights. The arch roof showcases arched glass panel at its summit allowing daylight to pass through. And the building’s all-glass walls will give a good view to the airport’s runway while also allowing more daylight in, which would mean less energy consumption during a daytime operation.

Once the terminal 2 opens some time in June this year, passengers will experience convenience and comfort with its technologically advanced check-in process and spacious facilities such as the pre-departure, baggage carrousel and arrival areas to accommodate an estimated 11.7 million foot traffic in the weeks and months to come – currently MCIA serves around 160 flights a day, both domestic and international.

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The distance between Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 is roughly 500 meters. Passengers with connecting flights that would have to use both terminal 1 for domestic flights and Terminal 2 for international flights will enjoy shuttle services to interconnect them with less hassle.

Plans for further expanding MCIA facilities such as third terminal and second runway are currently in the talks, however, it would take many years before they would materialize considering Mactan Island’s present residents and corporate occupants that would be affected by the expansion.

Presently, there are 7 flights between MCIA and Laguindingan Airports being operated by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, which are two of the airlines who participated in the sales mission. Also joining the roster of airlines that showcased their companies’ histories and achievements were Emirates and Cathay Pacific.

Cebu Pacific Air was represented by Miss Cynthia Militante, Area Sales Manager. Miss Peaches Paguidopon the Senior Account Officer of Philippine Airlines represented the country’s flag carrier. Miss Jael Garcia talked about the flying colors of Emirates. And Miss Melissa Zapanta proudly shared historical milestone of Cathay Pacific.

Miss Librodo was joined by her team members for Sales Mission by Miss Avigael Maningo, Junior Manager – CSR and Corporate Communications and Miss Edilyth Maribojoc – Assistant – Corporate Affairs.

About the Transformation

The MactanーCebu International Airport is the Philippine government’s first airport Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project. The second busiest airport in the Philippines, it is the gateway to the country’s vibrant and economically thriving south. Officially opened for commercial operations in the 1960s, the current deterioration of its facilities greatly affects operational efficiency and the level of convenience for its passengers.

The MCIA PPP project uses a build-operate-transfer scheme with a concession agreement of 25 years. It involves the upgrade of the existing terminal building and the operation of both air and land side facilities. By 2018 a world class passenger terminal will be completed, which will double the airport’s current passenger capacity.

GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) is the MCIA’s private operator. A Filipino-led consortium, GMCAC partners the engineering expertise of leading Philippine construction firm and infastructur developer Megawide Construction Corporation with the award-winning experience of world-renowned international airport operator and infrastructure development firm GMR Group of India.

Through close partnerships with the Department of Transportation, the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority, the Department of Tourist and other local stakeholders, GMCA will transform MCIA into the country’s first resort airport, combining world class facilities with a welcoming atmosphere that is distinctly and proudly Filipino.

with photos by Vincent Tom Udasco

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