Mr. Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive Advisor of GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), briefed NEDA 7 staff and members of the Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) on the current and future improvements and renovations at the existing passenger terminal (Terminal 1) and updates on the construction of Passenger Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) on 8 March 2016.
GMCAC is a Filipino-led consortium between GMR Group, a world-renowned infrastructure developer based in India, and Megawide Construction Corporation, a leading construction and engineering firm in the Philippines. Bound on a 25-year concession, GMCAC is committed to renovate and improve the existing terminal to reduce congestion in passenger processing areas and enhance the ambiance of the terminal areas. GMCAC also intends to improve customer service by deploying dedicated customer executives.
Well-improved comfort rooms consistent with universal design, Central Security Check for both international and domestic passengers, spacious check-in areas and more check-in counters, renovated and expanded retail, food and beverage shops, well-lit hallways, repaired and polished floors with renovated ceilings, and new equipment and facilities to enhance passenger/user experience are among the improvements in the existing terminal.
Ms. Estee Marie Plunket, head of GMCAC Corporate Affairs, also presented their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives composed of classroom donations in selected Lapu-lapu City barangays, livelihood programs, and the Dream Starters Program which allows Grade 5 students from different schools to tour the airport, to let them observe the airport facilities and activities, see the possibilities for the future, and ultimately to dream.
NEDA 7 staff and the RPMT toured the existing terminal and the site of the future Terminal 2 of MCIA. The Concrete Pouring Ceremony for Terminal 2 was held on 22 January 2016 attended by DOTC Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya, Usec. Edwin Lopez, along with PPP and MCIAA representatives and GMCAC executives. Construction is on-going and target date of completion is October 2018.
With the new Terminal 2, MCIA will be the first resort airport in the country with a festive and tropical air reflecting the Filipino culture and vibe. Its total planned area is 43,398 square meters.
Mr. Harrison reiterated the need to improve infrastructure facilities around and leading to the airport to accommodate the 7.8 million passengers per annum which is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years with the opening of new international routes e.g. Los Angeles, Xiamen in China, Tapei, and Dubai.