Cebu City is the most highly urbanized city in Central Visayas. It is the “Queen City of the South” on Cebu Island and is one of the most popular jumping off-points in all of the Philippines for foreign tourists. Cebu has now something new to be elevated to a world-class destination.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 was inaugurated on June 7, 2018, with President Rodrigo Duterte calling it, “The most beautiful airport in the country today.” With operations set to commence tomorrow, developer GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), together with its airport partners, are focused on ensuring that Cebu’s new international terminal is ready to welcome its first flights.
MCIA is the gateway to the Central and Southern Philippines and the second-largest airport facility in the country. In 2017, it welcomed a total of 10 million passengers per annum, a 12% increase from 8.9 mppa in 2016. GMCAC is targeting 11.2 mppa this year.
Developing this facility is GMCAC, a Filipino-led company. Filipino engineering and infrastructure company Megawide and Indian infrastructure developer GMR won the contract to develop the landside facilities of MCIA for a period of 25 years. This contract includes the construction of a second passenger terminal building (Terminal 2) and the rehabilitation of the existing passenger terminal to meet the demands of Cebu’s growing passenger traffic.
Since taking over operation in 2014, GMCAC has opened more domestic and international connections through strategic detination marketing initatives, making Cebu a vital gateway to the Philippines. To date, MCIA has a total of 25 international destinations, 30 domestic destinations and 26 partner airline carriers.
The opening of Terminal 2 will increase passenger capacity to 12.5 million. The new terminal, spanning 65,500 square meters, will not only lessen congestion but will offer an exciting and wide-ranging retail environment.
Multi-awarded Hong Kong-based Integrated Design Associates (IDA) is the architect of the terminal. Led by its Principal Architect Winston Shu, IDA envisioned a unique design that demonstrates the warmth and friendliness of the local culture, and combines form with the functionality that is needed by any airport.
The most recognizable element of the terminal is its undulating roof structure that pays tribute to the waves surrounding Cebu. The structure is composed of an array of glulam arches that are 15 meters tall, which form the roof curvature. The arches span every 30 meters, which enables Terminal 2 to be as column-free as possible.
A three-layer glass wall system surrounds the terminal, bringing in natural light and giving excellent views of the airport. The system keeps noise value to a minimum and reflects off the heat, keeping the terminal cool even in daytime.
A two-level forecourt segregates both the Arrivals and Departures area. There will be 48 check-in counters that are expandable to 72; and provisions for seven passenger boarding bridges, which can be expanded to 12 boarding bridges serving wide and narrow body aircrafts. It will also be equipped with 12 escalators and 15 elevators facilitating the easy movement of passengers.
A car parking facility will be constructed that can accommodate 550 cars and may be expanded to 750 cars as needed. There will also be an array of food and retail choices, including a mall, casino, and a hotel.
London-based SSP Group has been awarded the license to design, develop, set-up and operate the Food & Beverage units of Terminals 1&2 MCIA. The contract will begin with the opening of Terminal 2. SSP is a multinational company with over 400 food brands in their portfolio. It operates in over 30 countries within leading travel and retail locations such as airports, railway stations, shopping malls and other leisure locations. It currently operates in more than 125 airports, including JFK, Heathrow and Hong Kong International Airport.
Within three years of operations and management of the airport, GMCAC bagged four awards from different world-renowned financial institutions plus a recognition of being one of the Best Airports in Asia.
- Routes Asia 2018 Shortlisted for Marketing Award
- Routes Asia 2017 Shortlisted for Marketing Award + Commendation for Excellence in Airline Marketing
- CAPA’s 2016 Best Regional Airport in Asia Pacific
- Routes Asia 2016 Shortlisted for Marketing Award
- World Routes 2016 Shortlisted for Marketing Award