The Mactan-Cebu International Airport public-private partnership (PPP) and the improvements made at the facility are getting international recognition from various groups.
The Philippine Public-Private Partnership Center announced last March 9 the following global recognitions of the MCIA:
• IJGlobal’s 2015 “Best PPP Deal in the Asia Pacific Region” at award ceremonies held in Singapore last March 3
• Thomas Reuters’ Project Finance International (PFI) award as “2015 Best Transport Deal” in Asia-Pacifi c (APAC) last December 2015; and
• www.sleepinginairports.net as 18th best airport in Asia last October 2015 after a survey it conducted that ranks airports based on responses from travelers.
This, as representatives from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 7 and the Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) attended last March 8 a briefing on updates on works at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
Andrew Harrison, chief executive advisor of GMR-Megawide Cebu
Airport Corporation (GMCAC), briefed the group on the current and future improvements and renovations at the existing passenger terminal (Terminal 1) and updates on the construction of Passenger Terminal 2 of the airport.
GMCAC is a Filipino-led consortium between GMR Group, a world-renowned infrastructure developer based in India, and Megawide Construction Corporation, a leading construction and engineering firm in the Philippines.
Bound by a 25-year concession, GMCAC is committed to renovate and improve the existing terminal to reduce congestion in passenger
processing areas and enhance the ambiance of the terminal areas.
GMCAC also intends to improve customer service by deploying dedicated customer executives.
Well-improved comfort rooms consistent with universal design, central security check for both international and domestic passengers, spacious check-in areas and more check-in counters, renovated and expanded retail, food and beverage shops, well-lit hallways, repaired and polished floors with renovated ceilings, and new equipment and facilities to enhance passenger/user experience are among the improvements in the existing terminal.
With the new Terminal 2, the Mactan airport will be the fi rst resort airport in the country with a festive and tropical air refl ecting the Filipino culture and vibe. Its total planned area is 43,398 square meters.
Harrison also reiterated the need to improve infrastructure facilities around and leading to the airport to accommodate the 7.8 million passengers per annum which is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years with the opening of new international routes like Los Angeles, Xiamen in China, Tapei, and Dubai.