Stakeholders vow to support MCIA upgrade

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Friday, May 30, 2014


REPRESENTATIVES of 13 agencies and private organizations yesterday vowed to support the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) expansion project.

They signed an agreement with the consortium of Megawide and GMR Infrastructure Ltd. of India in a ceremony at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino Mactan.

The consortium won the bid to undertake the expansion and privatization of the MCIA’s passenger terminal services.

Those who signed the agreement were Louie Ferrer of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCA), the consortium; MCIA Authority General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete; Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center Director Cossette Canilao; Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza; GMCA chief executive adviser Andrew Harrison; Consul Samuel Chioson of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Carlo Suarez of the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu; Nicomedes Seguan of the Bureau of Immigration; and Janice Napua of the Airline Operators Council.

Ferrer said once the new airport terminal is completed, MCIA would be able to accommodate eight million passengers a year.

The existing terminal’s capacity is only 4.5 million passengers a year, which was breached in 2012 when 6.7 million people used the facility.

Ferrer said the following year, 6.9 million passengers used the MCIA terminal.

The project also involves upgrading of the existing terminal so that upon completion of all phases, MCIA would have two terminals. The project also involves construction of an enhanced automated baggage handling systems, international and domestic terminals linked by a bridge for passengers making connecting flights, adequate parking, aircraft parking stands served by bus transfers, and an adjacent airport village mall complex.

“International and Cebuano designers are working together on this expansion because we want the new airport to reflect the rich Cebuano heritage while it exudes a modern yet soothing resort feel,” Ferrer said.

“By 2017, when the project is completed, we would like the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to be something that Cebuanos can call their own and which all Filipinos can be truly proud of,” he added.

GMCA will take over the operation of the airport in October.

Canilao said that the Mactan airport project is the seventh project of the Aquino administration under the PPP program.

Radaza said the City Government will work hand-in-hand with the consortium and congratulated MCIAA for the development.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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