The construction of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIAA) Terminal 2 officially began last June 29.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III thanked President Benigno Simeon “PNoy” Aquino III for the project, which is seen to triple Cebu’s visitors upon completion in 2018.
President Aquino led the groundbreaking ceremony and the laying down of time capsule. He was assisted by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas, Department of Tourism Secretary Mark Jimenez, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla, Governor Davide and GMCAC officers.
Governor Davide III looked at the structure as “a resort that just happens to have an airport” as the project proponent promised a soothing resort-type ambience in the facility.
“The Cebuanos thank his Excellency President Noynoy Aquino for this big boost to Cebu’s economy – in terms of new money coming in, in terms of a grander signature in the travel world, in terms of a better facility for travellers coming to Cebu,” said the governor.
GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) President Louie Ferrer said the airport will showcase the identity of Cebu as a place to visit and have fun from the get go and move out to other areas in the province. GMR envisioned the MCIA “to become the world’s friendliest airport gateway that demonstrates the warmth and hospitality of the Cebuanos.”
The new terminal, which will be built at the lot occupied by the Philippine Air Force, will expand the airport’s capacity from 4.5 million to 12.5 million passengers.
It will also provide 20 aircraft parking stands and a huge parking lot to accommodate 550 to 750 cars.
Ferrer said the new terminal will avoid delay in flights and ease passenger flow in the facility. The construction of Terminal 2 is expected to contribute to the robust construction industry in Cebu. GMCAC promises around 500 more jobs during the new terminal’s initial operations.
The expansion project of the MCIAA is marked as the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) entered into by the government in running an airport.
The GMR-Megawide is a partnership between local firm Megawide Construction Corp. and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure Ltd.
The consortium already paid a Php 14.4 billion premium to the national government after it won the contract to expand and modernize the MCIA. It officially assumed terminal operations last November 1.