PHOTOS: New ‘resort’ airport terminal in Cebu

President Rodrigo Duterte today inaugurated Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. Commercial operation is scheduled to start July 1.

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The development of MCIA Terminal 2 is a public-private partnership between DOTr-MCIA Authority and GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC).

The partnership is a 25-year Build-Operate and Transfer (BOT) scheme. “The project involves the construction of a new world-class passenger terminal building in MCIA, with a capacity of about 8 million passengers per year; and the operation of the old and new facilities,” the PPP Center said.

“Designed by Hong Kong-based Integrated Design Associates (IDA) and local designers Budji Layug, Royal Pinda, and Cebu’s pride Kenneth Cobonpue, the 65,500 square meter MCIA Terminal 2 will cater to inbound and outbound international flights and is expected to increase passenger capacity to 12.5 million yearly,” the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

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It added that the airport showcases beautiful curved wooden roof arcs with layered glass to allow natural sunlight to seep through the terminal. This sunlight then reflects on the floor tiles containing mother of pearls found in Cebu to create a gentle glimmer similar to sand, thus representing the ‘resort-feel’ look of the airport.