Mactan-Cebu’s Terminal 2 was inaugurated last week in the presence of the Philippine government, led by President Rodrigo Duterte. The new terminal offers now a capacity for 12.5 million passengers and is turning into Cebu pride thanks to its impressive design.
While Manila International Airport struggles to expand and modernize its facilities, Mactan Cebu International Airport is leading the way. It took only three years for the airport’s authorities to complete the construction of its new 60,000 m2 international terminal. The fact that MCIA is a private consortium between one of the Philippines’ leading construction firms, Megawide Corporation and India’s GMR Group certainly explains why the time frame for the new terminal has been so short.
Louie Ferrer, President of GMCAC, spoke about the company’s vision for T2. “For the past years, MCIA’s demand has exceeded the physical capacity of its terminal. With the addition of Terminal 2, not only will we be able to cope with the steadily increasing number of passengers but we will also be able to open Cebu to more international flights,” he declared.
In 2017, the airport passed for the first time the 10-million passengers’ mark. It is currently connected to 20 international destinations and 30 domestic ones, making Mactan the second busiest airport in the Philippines.
The new terminal has been designed by IDA – Integrated Design Association Ltd., Hongkong and features an impressive wooden ceiling. The arched timber like roof measures 30 metres across and 18 metres high, and evokes the shape of ocean waves. The iconic building offers a luminous atmosphere with large glass walls.
The terminal is build around a central vaulted structure, where passengers will seamlessly check in, enter through international immigration and security before heading to their gates. T2 has a capacity to accommodate 8 million passengers a year while T1 (domestic flights) can accommodate 4.5 million passengers per annum.
The new terminal offers in particular a brand new Duty Free Shop with over 3,000 sq. m.. Restaurants, bars, lounges and shops provide an exceptional environment to passengers offering world-class standards.
The terminal is equipped with seven passenger boarding bridges, 48 check-in counters, 12 escalators and 15 elevators, as well as a car park that can hold up to 750 cars.