World’s ‘first resort airport’ unveiled in Cebu

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2, the world’s “first resort airport”, was unveiled today by President Rodrigo Duterte in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. The MCIA Terminal 2 will start commercial operations on July 1.

Upon arriving at the new airport terminal, President Duterte unveiled the marker and was given a tour of the facilities inside the airport terminal before delivering his message.

“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.

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.

The construction of the new terminal building, which is envisioned as the world’s friendliest resort airport, officially started in June 2015, with the aim of reducing airport congestion and increasing the airport’s annual passenger capacity from 4.5 million passengers per year to 12.2 million.

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.