Major Developers Eye Mactan Int’l Airport Property

Foreign and local developers including Ayala Land Inc. and SM Prime Holdings Inc. have expressed interest in developing a five-hectare property adjacent to the Mactan Cebu International Airport into a mixed-use real estate project.

Louie Ferrer, president of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp., operator of  Mactan Cebu International Airport, said the company presented the master plan for the prized property to various real estate companies.

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GMR Megawide expects to complete the selection process for a real estate partner over the next two months.

GMR Megawide is a Filipino-Indian venture that won the contract to expand and operate MCIA.

Under the plan, the five-hectare property will be leased to the winning bidder, which in turn will develop the property beside the airport into commercial development with hotels, malls, casino and parking areas.

Ferrer said the winning bidder needed to obtain a gaming license from state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. for the casino portion of the project.

The mixed-use development should be completed by 2018, in time for the first phase of the modernization of MCIA.

The five-hectare property is a part of the 25-year contract for the expansion of the Mactan Cebu International Airport which GMR Megawide bagged in 2013 when it submitted a winning bid of P14.4 billion.

The contract involved the renovation of Terminal 1 of Mactan Cebu Airport and the design, financing, construction and operation of Terminal 2.

Construction of Terminal 2 started in 2015, which would increase the airport’s overall passenger capacity to 12.5 million passengers a year from 8 million in 2015.

The expansion will also enable MCIA to host more flights from Cebu.

Source: Jenniffer Austria,


T2 of Mactan Cebu Int’l Airport Update

 Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 is on track for delivery by June 2018 according to GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) executive adviser, Andrew Harrison.
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GMCAC is investing some P32 billion for the first phase of development of Terminal 2. This includes the completion of concrete works for the civil structure of the new terminal building is scheduled by the end of this year. GMCAC will finalize awards for major suppliers for equipment and services relating to electro-mechanical works by the end of 2016.


Terminal 2 is approximately 45,000 square meters and can be expanded further in the second phase. The new terminal will serve all international flights with eight aerobridge-equipped aircraft parking stands and will be connected by a link-bridge to Terminal 1, which will be refurbished for domestic use.

Architectural features of Terminal 2 blends modern building materials and Cebuano culture and heritage, said GMCAC.

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The new terminal building will also feature 48 check-in counters that are expandable to 72. It will include modular expansion capability to ensure operations can continue uninterrupted whilst expansion takes place as traffic growth warrants.

It will also have a car park that can accommodate 550 cars, which is expandable to 750 cars.

In terms of employment generation, GMCAC said more than 3,000 jobs are created during the construction of Terminal 2, with another 550 employment opportunities through concessionaires once Terminal 2 is commissioned.

Once Terminal 2 is completed, the combined annual passengers that will use the airport is projected to rise to 12.5 million from 4.5 million passengers a year.

“The MCIA is envisioned to become the world’s friendliest airport gateway that demonstrates the warmth and hospitality of the Cebuano people. It will be an airport that will make guests feel that their resort experience has started the moment they set foot in here,” the company said.

Source: Katlene O. Cacho,

Mactan-Cebu International Airport Upgrades for APEC

AIRPORT passengers will continue to see more improvements at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) this month, as its private operator promises more state-of-the-art amenities to enhance their airport experience.

The installation of these new features will be completed in time for Cebu’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in August.

GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Inc. (GMCAC) chief executive advisor Andrew Harrison told reporters yesterday that the airport is completely ready for the APEC Summit.

“In terms of our readiness, the Apec National Organizing Committee is happy with the changes they are seeing at the airport. They did not ask for anything other than the APEC Lounge,” said Harrison.

A new feature recently installed is the common self-service check-in kiosk, which was added to reduce queuing at the check-in counters. The new system will initially cater to passengers of Cebu Pacific and Cathay Airlines starting today.

A flight information display will be installed next month to allow passengers to check the status of their flights. Passengers, according to Harrison, may also view the flight information using their smartphones through the airport’s website.

By August, GMCAC will install VeriPax, a device that verifies flight and boarding pass information to optimize passenger flow at the airport. The device can also read mobile boarding passes of passengers. They will also install a baggage reconciliation system to reduce offload time and mishandled bags through tracking.

To further address congestion, the private operator will convert the VIP Lounge into a gate lounge in a month’s time. Harrison said this will increase seating capacity to 20 percent.

Meanwhile, washroom refurbishment and expansion will be completed between August and October this year.

“In the coming months, passengers will have a completely different experience at the airport,” he said.

GMCAC has also built an airport medical center which has four beds and an ambulance. The new clinic operates 24 hours daily.

In the coming weeks, Harrison also disclosed that there will be new tenants at the airport. “We are looking at eight to nine new categories for retail,” he said.

As for the development of Terminal 2, Harrison said that the 10-month delay of the construction has been reduced to six months, after concerned parties reached an interim solution.

He reported that they have started the excavation works for certain areas early this week. “We are still hoping to reduce the delay to a more reasonable period,” said Harrison.

Terminal 2’s completion is slated for the summer of 2018. The airport’s expansion may require capital spending between P17 billion and P22 billion.

Terminal 2 is seen to increase the total capacity of MCIA from 4.5 million to 12.5 million passengers.

DOT 7 Director Rowena Montecillo welcomes the new development at the airport saying, that the upgrade is sure to encourage more tourists to come to Cebu.

“The DOT would like to congratulate GMCAC for the improvements in the arrival and departure areas of MCIA. Recognizing the capacity challenges for the current terminal, GMCAC found a way to create more space to give comfort and convenience to the travelers. (Today), our airport will introduce the kiosk where the passengers can do self check-in, another first in the country. We look forward to more innovations from GMCAC to improve the existing terminal before we finally have a new terminal,” said Montecillo.

Source: Katlene O. Cacho,