New airport terminal to rise in 2018

THE GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) will soon start construction of Terminal 2 (T2) at the Mactan airport after the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) handed the land to the company last Dec. 29.

Speaking during the 888 News Forum, GMCAC executive adviser Andrew Aquaah-Harrison said they plan to open the new terminal in the first quarter of 2018.

Target number

“We need to connect Cebu to other parts of the world. If we can increase tourist arrivals from 6.8 million to 12.5 million by 2018, the more Cebu’s economy will grow,” Harrison said.

The construction and operation of T2 by GMCAC is one of the conditions set by DOTC and MCIAA in the concession agreement for the private firm to operate the airport terminal for 25 years from November 2014.

On the other hand, Harrison announced that Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch a direct flight from Cebu to Los Angeles in the US starting on March 15. Although PAL will initially fly to LA three times a week, Harrison said, they are confident the frequency of flights will increase.

Harrison also announced that they were able to negotiate with another airline to fly the Dubai-Cebu-Clark-Dubai daily service flights.

Priority

He said passengers from Dubai who are bound for Cebu won’t have to pass by Manila, while passengers from Cebu who are bound for Dubai will have a stopover at Clark.

Harisson said the first thing they did when they took over the airport was to deal with congestion.

“We need to connect Cebu to the other parts of the world. If you meet somebody in the US or Europe and you ask, ‘Where do you think of going for a holiday in the Philippines?’ they will ask you back, ‘Where is the Philippines?’ So the best thing is to put the Philippines on the world map,” Harrison said.

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