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PH’s ‘most beautiful’ airport terminal opens in Cebu

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Aside from spiking passenger capacity, the opening of the new Mactan-Cebu International Airport passenger terminal building is seen to strengthen Cebu’s position as one of the country’s strongest economies. (Contributed photo)

The new Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Passenger Terminal Building 2 was inaugurated last 07 June 2018, three weeks before the facility opens to passengers of international fl ights on 01 July.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who led the unveiling of the marker of the new facility, described it as the most beautiful airport passenger terminal in the country.

“The construction of this world-class transportation facility shows that government and our private sector partners are committed to provide our people with the necessary infrastructure that will enable them to live more comfortable, productive, and meaningful lives,” he said.

The new terminal building, referred to as MCIA Terminal 2 or T2, is the first airport project under the Public-Private Partnership program of the government. It was built by GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. at a cost of P17.5 billion.

Design

Styled as a resort airport, T2 was designed by Integrated Design Associates (IDA) of Hong Kong, and local designers Budji Layug, Royal Pineda, and Kenneth Cobonpue.
The latter is a world-class furniture designer and currently the Regional Development Council chairman of Central Visayas.

Its architecture pays tribute to Cebuano culture and heritage.

With the opening of the T2, airport officials said they will make the MCIA a top passenger-centric airport and the friendliest in the world.

The T2 is projected to bring the airport’s annual capacity to 12.5 million passengers from the current 4.5 million. This, President Duterte said, would address the growing passenger demand in Metro Cebu and also promote tourism, stimulate commerce, and spur economic activities in the Visayas.

T2 will host 26 airlines that will fl y to 25 international and 30 domestic destinations. Currently, the MCIA is connected to 22 international destinations, with 17 foreign carriers.

It has 48 check-in counters, which could be expanded to 72, and seven boarding bridges. It is also equipped with 12 escalators and 15 elevators.

All these efforts are aimed at beefing up Cebu’s connectivity and positioning it as a viable gateway to the rest of the country and a major transfer hub to other destinations. T2 is a three-storey, 65,500-square-meter facility which has timber arches, wave-like roof, and mother of pearl-encrusted tiles, providing that resort and tropical feel.

“We are committed to delivering a world-class travel experience to the public with our signature Filipino warmth,” GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp president Louie Ferrer said.